State Representative Steve Huffman (R-Tipp City) this week introduced legislation that would exclude the personal and residential information of judges in Ohio from public records.

House Bill 341 comes in response to the recent attack on Judge Joseph Bruzzese in Steubenville by the father of a man convicted in the city. The assault demonstrates the risks and life-threatening situations often associated with judges’ duties.

“I am proud to introduce this legislation with my colleague Representative Cera,” said Huffman. “The appalling attack on Judge Bruzzese demonstrates the life-threatening situations that judges can face when serving the community. It is my hope that this legislation will give these public servants and their families some peace of mind in the future.”

The bill, which would simply add judges to the current list of public service workers whose personal information is exempt from public records requests, now awaits a committee designation.

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