Joel Day calls for greater citizen participation in state government

NEW PHILADELPHIA — Mayor Joel Day is urging elected officials and citizens to get more involved in state government to stop the Legislature from suppressing domestic rule in cities like New Philadelphia.

On Monday, the mayor told the council that he attended the Ohio Municipal League (OML) summer regional conference held last Friday in Athens.

“OML officials have warned that legislation continues to be introduced in the Ohio House and Senate that threatens to remove New Philadelphia’s domestic system and put decisions that should be made locally in the hands of the state government,” Day said.

“One such measure being considered is House Bill 563, which would ban local regulation of short-term rentals like Airbnbs.”

City officials had considered a move to regulate Airbnbs in New Philadelphia, but that effort is now on hold due to HB 563. There are currently three such businesses in the city.

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