News outlets across the state are beginning to take notice of HB-218. Below is an article from the Youngstown Vindicator published on 6/2/17.
A legislative proposal that would impact park districts such as Mill Creek MetroParks is back under consideration by the Ohio House of Representatives.
An amendment that would have given probate courts broader powers over park districts was removed from the biennial budget bill being considered by state lawmakers. Now, the proposal is back as a separate bill.
State Rep. Bill Seitz, a Republican who represents a district in Hamilton County, introduced House Bill 218 last month and delivered testimony on it Wednesday to the state House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee.
Both the original amendment and Seitz’s bill stipulate a probate court may “investigate matters involving the park district,” “impose duties or restrictions on a person or party who interferes with the park district’s purposes,” and may “tax the cost of proceedings as court costs to be assessed by the court in its discretion,” among other provisions.