State Representative Mark Romanchuk (R-Ontario) has announced that the Ohio House of Representatives yesterday passed the “County Recorder Clean-up Bill” in an effort to streamline and modernize the operations of county recorder offices.

Specifically, House Bill 72:

· Modernizes terminology in the Revised Code to accurately reflect how the county recorder records and keeps instruments today, for example, by computer and on other media, rather than in record books and on paper.

· Requires that instruments presented for recording be kept in the county recorder's general record series known as the "official records," rather than in six separate sets of records.

· Eliminates obsolete fees for recording certain instruments manually or by typewriter, and requires a fee to be charged for recording notices of possessory interests in land.

· Eliminates a fine on any county recorder who record plats contrary to a municipal corporation's plat laws.

· Allows the county recorder to dispose of paper versions of notices of recognizance liens and of their discharge if the county records commission revises the records retention and disposal schedule accordingly.

· Requires the county recorder to be included when the county auditor and county engineer adopt by written agreement standards governing conveyances of real property.

“This bill was sponsored by former county recorders, and I’m confident that it will make the work of current count recorders flow much more smoothly,” Rep. Romanchuk said.

House Bill 72 passed unanimously and will now be sent to the Ohio Senate for consideration.

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