COLUMBUS, Ohio – The County Commissioners Association of Ohio (CCAO) recognizes and applauds the Ohio House for passing House Bill 85, legislation that would help counties defray costs associated with conducting certain capital case trials.

“This much-needed legislation helps ensure that justice is served while protecting counties from heavy financial burdens incurred through no fault of their own,” CCAO President Julie Ehemann said.

Sponsored by Reps. Shane Wilkin and John Rogers, the bill would establish a framework to provide state funding to counties conducting capital case trials where there are multiple victims or defendants. Counties would be eligible for funding if the estimated cost of litigation exceeds 5 percent of a county’s budget.

The costs to conduct a multi-victim or defendant capital case can easily total millions of dollars and quickly overwhelm a county’s budget.

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