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.