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Ohio House approves Youngstown judge seat elimination

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio House of Representatives voted to approve the elimination of one judge seat in Youngstown Municipal Court.

An overwhelming majority of lawmakers passed the bill in a vote of 76 to 12 on Wednesday.

The bill now goes to the state Senate for a vote next week.

The Mahoning County Bar Association determined 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.

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

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