The Ohio House of Representatives today passed House Bill 361, legislation sponsored by State Representative Andy Brenner (R-Powell) that authorizes boards of township trustees and boards of park commissioners of township park districts to utilize funds to host community events open to the public.

The need for House Bill 361 arose from concerns within Orange Township, in Delaware County, and the office of the county prosecutor. Interpretation of Ohio law suggested that due to townships not having expressed authority to conduct community events, Orange Township was unable to host a movie night in its park with designated funds to support the event. With the final passage of House Bill 361, Ohio’s townships will be able to host community events utilizing funding from local park levies.

“Community events are an excellent way to bring neighborhoods together,” Representative Brenner said. “By restoring local control of park revenue and expenditures, townships will be able to host community events for local families.”

The legislation has received the support of the Ohio Township Association and the prosecutor’s office in Delaware County.

House Bill 361 will now go to the Senate for further consideration.

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