COLUMBUS—State Representative Craig S. Riedel (R-Defiance) recently introduced House Bill 215, companion legislation to Senator Cliff Hite’s (R-Findlay) Senate Bill 141. The bill would allow the part time Paulding County County Court to become the full time Paulding County Municipal Court.

“Senator Hite and I spoke to Judge Suzanne Rister. She expressed how the court is often overwhelmed with cases and by making the court a full time court they will be able to better serve the people of Paulding County,” said Representative Riedel. “Senator Hite has taken the initiative of introducing his bill and I, in full support, have introduced a companion bill in the Ohio House. I believe that the courts are an integral part of our society and should have all the tools necessary to deliver fair and swift justice.”

The Paulding County Municipal Court is responsible for hearing criminal division, traffic division, and civil division cases, including misdemeanor criminal cases, complaints up to $15,000, small claims up to $6,000, and eviction cases. House Bill 215 would help to accommodate the growing number of cases in Paulding County. Senate Bill 141 has been assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee, while House Bill 215 is waiting a committee assignment.

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Representative Riedel Sworn In As State Representative Of The 82nd House District

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State Representative Craig Riedel (R-Defiance) was sworn in yesterday as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives for the 132nd General Assembly. He represents the 82nd Ohio House District, which includes Defiance, Paulding and Van Wert counties, as well as part of Auglaize County.