The Ohio House of Representatives today passed House Bill 261, which modifies laws governing the Court of Claims, including abolishing the court’s office of commissioner.

Following passage, the bill’s cosponsor, Rep. Jim Butler (R-Oakwood), released the following statement:

“House Bill 261 is an approach to bringing increased efficiency to the Court of Claims. Removing the office of the commissioner is a practical measure to save taxpayers money because the magistrates that are already hired by the court will be able to handle the caseload. As chair of the House Judiciary Committee, finding common-sense ways to make the judicial branch more efficient is a priority of mine and my colleagues on the committee.”

House Bill 261 now goes to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

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