Court merger passes Senate

COLUMBUS House Bill 141, which creates Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court, passed the Ohio Senate today by a vote of 32-0.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Rex Damschroder, R-Fremont, contains an emergency clause, allowing election to the newly created court to occur in November. The physical locations of the courts in Tiffin and Fostoria would remain, with the elected judge traveling between locations during the week.

“With the Ohio Senate’s unanimous action today, HB 141 is now on its way to the governor for his signature,” Damschroder stated in a news release. “The elected leadership in Tiffin and Fostoria came together to make this possible and I appreciate their efforts to promote government efficiency and save taxpayer dollars.”

During the committee process in the House and Senate, Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz, Fostoria Mayor Eric Keckler and Tiffin Municipal Court Judge Mark Repp testified in support of the measure.