July 23, 2014

Medina
Partly cloudy
72°F

Council to vote on ‘home rule’ tonight

BRUNSWICK — Brunswick City Council meets today to vote on a resolution opposing state laws that some fear will take “home rule” rights from of Ohio cities.

The legislation states Council’s opposition to both pending and enacted state action that Council members said limits Brunswick’s decision-making authorities.

The resolution specifically opposes House Bill 154, a proposed law that would impact cities with mayor’s courts, including Brunswick.

It also opposes state laws already on the books regarding the oil and natural gas industry.

Council took action in February to voice opposition to state laws that give the Ohio Department of Natural Resources the right to issue oil and gas permits, including wells employing a controversial hydraulic fracturing process known as “fracking.”

While discussing that legislation in February, Councilman Vince Carl, 2nd Ward, argued for a more sweeping resolution that would take on other Ohio laws that encroach on home rule.

Council approved the anti-fracking legislation but promised also to consider the broader resolution.

Council has no other items on their agenda for a final reading today.

Council committee meetings start at 6 p.m. with the full session at 7:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at 4095 Center Road, Brunswick.

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com.