Rep. Cera Introduces Bipartisan Bill To Shield Judges' Personal Information
Lawmakers seek to protect private information from public records requests
September 12, 2017
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In a show of bi-partisanship, state Reps. Jack Cera (D-Belmont) and Stephen A. Huffman (R- Miami) have joined forces to introduce legislation that excludes the personal and residential information of judges from public records.

House Bill 341 helps protect the personal information on Ohio’s judges in order to keep them and their families safe from disgruntled individuals who wish them harm.

“While there is no guarantee that this legislation would have prevented the recent attack on Judge Bruzzese, it certainly serves as a safety measure. It gives judges the same exemptions that many other public servants receive under Ohio law,” said Cera.

“Under current law, judges do not have the option to redact their information from public records. After the appalling attack on Judge Joseph J. Bruzzese, Jr. in Steubenville, we have seen the need to protect our judges from life-threatening situations,” said Huffman.

Cera also noted the Ohio Judicial Conference, the statewide judicial organization consisting of all Ohio judges, has long advocated for such a change.

Cera believes the House will hear testimony on the proposal when session reconvenes this fall.

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