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Legislation to Simplify Appointing Process of Hospital Boards Heads to Governor

December 15, 2022
Brian Stewart News

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COLUMBUS – The Ohio House of Representatives yesterday concurred with Senate amendments to legislation, sponsored by State Representatives Mark Johnson (R-Chillicothe) and Brian Stewart (R-Ashville), which clarifies the nature of the appointing authority to the boards of trustees for local county hospitals.

Under current law, hospital trustees are appointed by an “appointing authority” comprised of the Board of Commissioners, the senior Common Pleas Court Judge, and the Probate Judge. 

House Bill 405 clarifies explicitly that the appointing authority is comprised of three county commissioners each having one vote, the senior Common Pleas Judge having one vote, and the Probate Judge, if they are separate people, having one vote.

“House Bill 405 will reduce conflicts in the administration of county hospitals so that they can continue their important work in the hospital, rather than in a courtroom,” Stewart said.

Additionally, the Senate amended H.B. 405 to include a provision that will allow property tax bills to be sent electronically.

H.B. 405 now heads to the Governor to be signed.