Governor John R. Kasich continuously has challenged agencies to seek out new ways to make government more efficient, cost effective and user friendly. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has undertaken a number of initiatives aimed at reducing the costly and inefficient overlap that exists between its nine divisions, while improving service for its customers. Senate Bill 293, if passed, would consolidate ODNR’s divisions of Watercraft and State Parks. Doing so will not only offer Ohioans improved services and cost savings, but also enable ODNR law enforcement to provide greater protections for visitors at Ohio’s state parks, natural areas, rivers and lakes. This builds on ODNR’s efforts in recent years to cross-train its Forestry, Parks and Watercraft officers, successfully reducing training costs and improving officer response and safety efforts across state properties.
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