State lawmakers would be forced to examine the effect that moving state jobs from one part of Ohio to another would have on the community left behind under a measure unanimously approved by the House yesterday.

The bill, sponsored by state Rep. Lynn Olman (R., Maumee), now goes to the Senate.

The state Legislative Budget Office would be required to compile a "community impact analysis" before the General Assembly takes its first and final votes on any bill relocating government jobs.

Mr. Olman introduced the bill after the General Assembly enacted a law last year requiring the Ohio Racing Commission to remain in Franklin County.

"Even though it was not a problem, because they were already located in Franklin County, it was evident to me that we didn't have that information prior to having a vote on the floor of the House," said Mr. Olman. "Anytime jobs are going to be moved from one location to another, a statement should be put out by the Legislative Budget Office telling us how much of an impact that's going to be on the community that's losing the employees.

"This bill simply expands our ability as legislators to make sound decisions," said Mr. Olman.

Mr. Olman is a fan of decentralization, locating state jobs outside Columbus to cities in need of economic boosts. In 1995, he sponsored a law eliminating the requirement that state departments be located in Franklin.

In other action, the House unanimously passed a bill prohibiting the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles from selling names and addresses from its records to marketers unless they first receive the individuals' permission. Current law allows the bureau to sell the information unless the individual takes steps to forbid it.

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