The Ohio House of Representatives today passed Amended House Bill 361, legislation vetted in the House Local Government Committee chaired by Rep. Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills), that authorizes boards of township trustees and boards of park commissioners of township park districts to utilize funds to host community events open to the public.

The need for Am. House Bill 361 arose from concerns within Orange Township, in Delaware County, and the office of the county prosecutor. Interpretation of Ohio law suggested that due to townships not having expressed authority to conduct community events, Orange Township was unable to host a movie night in their park with designated funds to support the event. With the passage of House Bill 361, Ohio’s townships will be able to host community events utilizing funding from local park levies.

“Am. House Bill 361 aims to improve the quality of life for Ohio citizens all across the state,” Rep. Anielski said.  “Allowing for more local control is a win for our local municipalities.  I was happy to support and lead the bill through the Local Government Committee.” 

The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Andy Brenner (R-Powell), has received the support of the Ohio Township Association and the prosecutor’s office in Delaware County.

House Bill 361 will now go to the Senate for further consideration.

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