Ohio Senate could vote this week to eliminate Youngstown judge seat

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Senate could vote this week on much-debated legislation that would eliminate a seat on the Youngstown Municipal Court.

House Bill 606, offered by Democratic state Reps. Robert Hagan, from Youngstown, and Ronald Gerberry, from Austintown, was approved late today by the Senate judiciary Committee, with members haggling behind the scenes over whether to allow the legislation to move forward.

Hagan said that a change was made, to eliminate the mayor’s court of a community near Cleveland with population of less than 100, as part of the legislation.

He expects it to be voted on in the Senate on Wednesday, and if it’s approved to move back to the House for a vote on the changes.

HB 606 would reduce the bench in the municipal court from three to two judges, eliminating the seat that was vacated when Judge Robert A. Douglas Jr. retired in the summer. Gov. John Kasich has held off on appointing someone to the seat, awaiting legislative action.

For the complete story, read Wednesday's Vindicator and Vindy.com

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