Ohio lawmaker to withdraw Cleveland housing court bill

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio lawmaker says he’s withdrawing legislation that would have abolished Cleveland’s housing court after questions were raised about him having pending cases before the court.

Democratic Rep. John Barnes Jr. of Cleveland introduced a bill last week to eliminate the housing court judge position and move cases to municipal court.

But Barnes told Cleveland.com (http://bit.ly/1TTgloR ) on Thursday he plans to withdraw the bill after he spoke with an attorney.

Court records show that Barnes is involved in two active cases regarding properties he owns with his father.

State rules and laws prohibit lawmakers from using their office for direct personal benefit.

Barnes says his experiences with the court were part of the inspiration behind the bill, but that his personal experiences were separate from the legislation.


Information from: cleveland.com, http://www.cleveland.com