State Representative Tom Brinkman (R-Mt. Lookout) today announced the passage of House Bill 413 by the Ohio House, legislation that makes various changes in regards to local townships. Rep. Brinkman is the primary sponsor of the bill.
House Bill 413 seeks to allow township governments across the state to operate more efficiently and effectively. Some provisions in the bill include:
• Allows township trustee boards to hold an executive session to consider the sale of unused property
• Allows a township to provide recycling services in addition to waste collection services and to collect a fee from those receiving the service
• Decreases the minimum population of a township that may adopt a limited home rule government from 3,500 to 2,500
• Expands the authority of township trustee boards to pay for group life insurance for all employees
The legislation is supported by the Ohio Township Association, which provided proponent testimony in committee.
“Legislators listened to their township constituents, and this bill is an effort to make it easier for them to operate townships in a more efficient manner,” said Rep. Brinkman.
House Bill 413 now heads to the Ohio Senate, where it awaits further consideration.