COLUMBUS—The Ohio House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee unanimously passed House Bill 18, legislation sponsored by Rep. Dorothy Pelanda (R-Marysville) that would save taxpayer dollars by eliminating unnecessary elections.

The legislation would eliminate the requirement of holding a special election in a party nomination to fill a congressional vacancy. This would apply in cases where only one or fewer people have filed a valid declaration of candidacy.

“House Bill 18 is common sense legislation that will save taxpayer dollars by eliminating costly and inefficient special elections where only one candidate is on the ballot,” Pelanda said.

Such an example recently occurred in Ohio in a special election for the 8th Congressional District. If signed into law, House Bill 18 would help avoid that situation in the future.

Having passed out of committee, HB 18 now awaits a potential vote before the full House.

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