Tim Grendell

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Update May 2, 2017 9:30 a.m.: The amendment is being stripped out of the budget bill.

Ohio’s budget is a step closer to a vote.  It came out of the House Finance Committee today. But it still contains an amendment that is stirring opposition.  

The amendment says probate judges, who have authority over local park districts, can “impose duties or restrictions on a person or party who interferes with the park district's purposes, and tax the cost of proceedings as court costs to be assessed by the court in its discretion.” 

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A proposed amendment to the state budget has some people asking whether it would allow probate court judges to penalize people who “interfere with a park district’s purposes" -- including, potentially, protesters.

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KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

A Geauga County activist group says the county’s public lands need to be better-managed.

Protect Geauga Parks was formed three years ago as a response to what members viewed as a park board that is not fulfilling its mission. Now, they say Probate Court Judge Timothy Grendell – and the three park commissioners he appoints – won’t allow public comment at meetings.