Board OKs Keeping Ohio Statehouse Open Fewer Hours

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A board in charge of oversight of the Ohio Statehouse and grounds has voted to cut weekly hours at the building.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board agreed Thursday to cut hours at the Statehouse by 10 hours per week.

The new hours will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday instead of 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Weekend hours – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. – will remain the same.

Officials say the change is aimed at reducing costs, particularly related to security.

The board also voted to change a 2009 rule and allow only the House speaker and Senate president to approve applications to appear at the Statehouse and waive fees, instead of the four top-ranking legislative leaders.