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.