COLUMBUS - The first hearing on a bill to eliminate a judge from the Youngstown Municipal Court was held Tuesday.
The bill, introduced by state Reps. Bob Hagan, D-Youngstown and Ron Gerberry, D-Austintown, would pare down the court from three judges to two.
Hagan and Gerberry each testified before the House of Representatives Tuesday on the bill. Another hearing is set for next week.
The court presently has just two operating judges because former Judge Robert Douglas retired in the summer and his seat has not yet been filled by Gov. John Kasich.