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Representatives introduce bill to shield judges' personal information

The bill soared back into the spotlight following the attack on Judge Joseph Bruzzese in Jefferson County in August.

Ohio State Representative Jack Cera, D-Bellaire, is introducing a bipartisan bill to shield judges' personal information.

Wednesday is the first hearing on the bill -- House Bill 341 -- to add judges’ names to the list of public officials whose information can be kept private.

The bill soared back into the spotlight following the attack on Judge Joseph Bruzzese in Jefferson County in August.

“The bill is something that the judicial conference, who represents the judges across Ohio, had been looking at getting done, and I think the fact when Judge Bruzzese was attacked and ambushed, I think that brought it back to the forefront," Cera said.

This legislation has long been in the making.

“It's a shame that oftentimes the legislature is reactive instead of proactive, and it's a shame that it took something like that, the incident, to bring to the forefront the need to protect our judges and other court officials,” Cera said.

Cera is joining Republican Representative Stephen Huffman (R-Tipp City) in giving sponsor testimony in the hopes to see action taken soon, as Cera says this is not the only issue concerning district residents.

"We've been approached by some other issues that people want us to look at as well, but we'll have to wait for the committee process to work and see where we are with that," Cera said.

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