State senators plan field hearings on Facebook, Google reach

COLUMBUS (AP) — A panel of state senators is hitting the road to gather input on how the broad reach of Facebook and Google impacts average Ohioans.

Republican Senate President Larry Obhof said Wednesday that two October hearings are planned. One will be in Cleveland and the other in Cincinnati.

Ohio Senate Judiciary Chairman John Ecklund, a Republican, said feedback gathered will guide lawmakers as they review Ohio’s antitrust laws.

Republican Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost is among bipartisan attorneys general who have opened antitrust investigations against the companies. He said testimony from the hearings will help that effort.

The move comes as scrutiny of big tech companies deepens and widens across the federal government and U.S. states and abroad. Congress, the Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission also are investigating.