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Vote expected on Youngstown judge seat elimination

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - The effort to eliminate one judge seat in Youngstown Municipal Court is one step closer to being accomplished.

State Representative Bob Hagan tells 21 News the bill passed following a committee hearing today.

A final vote on the House floor is expected to take place Wednesday afternoon.

The seat's been vacant since the retirement of Judge Rober Douglas. 

Of Douglas' more than $149,000 salary, about $53,000 was covered by the city with the county and state paying for the rest.

The Mahoning County Bar Association issued a recommendation that the court can operate efficiently with two judges instead of three. 

The association cited a drop in court filings and the city's population for its decision.

 

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