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Bills of interest to the Association pending in the 134rd Ohio Senate
Through August 31, 2021

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SB2

COMPETENCY EVALUATIONS-CRIMINAL CASES (GAVARONE T) To make changes to the requirements for competency evaluations and mental health treatment in criminal cases, to eliminate a provision authorizing the hospitalization, on an emergency basis, of a person found after a hearing to meet the criteria for involuntary substance abuse treatment, and to enter into the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (PSYPACT).

 

Current Status:   

4/27/2021 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. 8/3/21

 

Position:   

Monitor

 

Priority:   

Tier 3 - Low

 

State Bill Page:   

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA134-SB-2

 

SB4

EXEMPT EMS LINE OPERATORS-PUBLIC RECORDS (ROEGNER K) To include emergency service telecommunicators, protective services workers, certain Ohio National Guard members, and certain mental health care providers as individuals whose residential and familial information is exempt from disclosure under the Public Records Law.

 

Current Status:   

6/8/2021 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. 9/7/21

 

Position:   

Monitor

 

Priority:   

Tier 3 - Low

 

State Bill Page:   

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA134-SB-4

 

SB15

FISCAL OFFICERS-LIABILITY (WILSON S) To change the circumstances in which certain fiscal officers may be held liable for a loss of public funds.

 

Current Status:   

3/24/2021 - Referred to Committee House State and Local Government

 

Position:   

Monitor

 

Priority:   

Tier 3 - Low

 

State Bill Page:   

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA134-SB-15

 

SB16

EMS RESPONDERS-CIVIL ACTION (SCHAFFER T) Regarding a civil action for an emergency service responder based on a civil rights abridgement or false complaint, and certain crimes regarding conduct directed at an actual or perceived emergency service responder, public servant, family member, co-worker, or BCII investigator or at a public emergency.

 

Current Status:   

6/10/2021 - Referred to Committee House Criminal Justice

 

Comments:   

  • Amended 4/27/21 to substantially narrow the scope of the bill 

 

Position:   

Support

 

Priority:   

Tier 2 - Medium

 

State Bill Page:   

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA134-SB-16

 

SB23

ILLEGALLY PASSING SCHOOL BUS (GAVARONE T) To impose a civil penalty when a driver who illegally passes a school bus cannot be identified, to designate the month of August as "School Bus Safety Awareness Month," and to designate this act as the School Bus Safety Act.

 

Current Status:   

2/23/2021 - BILL AMENDED, Senate Veterans and Public Safety, (Third Hearing)

 

Position:   

Support

 

Priority:   

Tier 2 - Medium

 

State Bill Page:   

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA134-SB-23

 

SB25

PROHIBIT DEFRAUDING DRUG TESTS (GAVARONE T) To enhance penalties for certain drug trafficking offenses committed in the vicinity of a substance addiction services provider, to prohibit defrauding an alcohol, drug, or urine screening test, and to name the act's provisions the Relapse Reduction Act.

 

Current Status:   

6/16/2021 - REPORTED OUT, Senate Judiciary, (Fourth Hearing)

 

Position:   

Support

 

Priority:   

Tier 1 - High

 

State Bill Page:   

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA134-SB-25

 

SB34

PENALTIES - ARSON (BRENNER A) To amend Section 231.10 of H.B. 166 of the 133rd General Assembly to increase penalties for arson offenses and related offenses and to make an appropriation.

 

Current Status:   

4/20/2021 - Senate Judiciary, (Second Hearing)

 

Position:   

Support

 

Priority:   

Tier 2 - Medium

 

State Bill Page:   

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA134-SB-34

 

SB36

CRIME VICTIMS - REPARATIONS STANDARDS (MANNING N, HUFFMAN S) To revise the eligibility standards and procedure for awarding reparations to crime victims.

 

Current Status:   

5/26/2021 - House Criminal Justice, (Second Hearing)

 

Position:   

Monitor

 

Priority:   

Tier 2 - Medium

 

State Bill Page:   

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA134-SB-36

 

SB39

COOPER'S LAW - CRIMES & RECORD RETENTION (SCHAFFER T) To eliminate the 20-year statute of limitation for felonious assault and aggravated assault if the victim is a peace officer, to modify the law regarding records retention schedules developed by counties, municipal corporations, and townships, to modify the penalties for aggravated assault, tampering with evidence, falsification, and falsification in a theft offense, and to name this act Cooper's Law.

 

Current Status:   

2/9/2021 - Senate Judiciary, (First Hearing)

 

Comments:   

  • Concerned with changes to tampering because it criminalizes spoliation of evidence and Brady violations. Already effective remedies in place.
  • Concerned with changes to allow victims of tampering to sue a public official for defamation. This is not defamation. Provisions are confusing and already effective remedies in place.  

 

Position:   

Amend

 

Priority:   

Tier 2 - Medium

 

State Bill Page:   

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA134-SB-39

 

SB41

RESTITUTION CERTAIN CRIMES (SCHAFFER T) Regarding restitution for vandalism, inciting to violence, aggravated riot, and riot; inclusion of certain vandalism conduct within conspiracy; and reimbursement, by a person convicted of an offense connected to a potential serious threat to public safety, of government costs incurred in a response to the threat.

 

Current Status:   

3/2/2021 - Senate Judiciary, (Second Hearing)

 

Position:   

Support

 

Priority:   

Tier 2 - Medium

 

State Bill Page:   

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA134-SB-41

 

SB54

TELECOMMUNICATIONS FRAUD (GAVARONE T) To include within the offense of telecommunications fraud providing misleading or inaccurate caller identification information, allow the Attorney General to prosecute offenses of unauthorized use of property and telecommunications fraud, and prohibit any person, entity, or merchant from violating the federal Telemarketing and Consumer Fraud and Abuse Prevention Act.

 

Current Status:   

6/10/2021 - Referred to Committee House Criminal Justice

 

Position:   

Support

 

Priority:   

Tier 2 - Medium

 

State Bill Page:   

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA134-SB-54

 

SB58

ELECTRONIC MONITORING-NURSING HOME ROOMS (ANTONIO N, BRENNER A) To permit a resident of a long-term care facility to conduct electronic monitoring of the resident's room, to designate this act as Esther's Law, and to make an appropriation.

 

Current Status:   

6/24/2021 - House Families, Aging and Human Services, (First Hearing)

 

Position:   

Monitor

 

Priority:   

Tier 3 - Low

 

State Bill Page:   

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA134-SB-58

 

SB59

PROHIBIT DISPOSAL-WAR RELICS (SCHAFFER T) To prohibit certain war relics located on public property or cemetery association property from being disposed of, and to designate this act as the Ohio Veterans' Heritage Protection Act.

 

Current Status:   

6/23/2021 - REPORTED OUT, House Armed Services and Veterans Affairs, (Third Hearing)

 

Position:   

Monitor

 

Priority:   

Tier 3 - Low

 

State Bill Page:   

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA134-SB-59

 

SB90

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE-STRANGULATION (KUNZE S, ANTONIO N) To expand the offense of domestic violence to also prohibit a person from knowingly impeding the normal breathing or circulation of the blood of a family or household member by applying pressure to the family or household member's throat or neck or blocking the family or household member's nose or mouth.

 

Current Status:   

6/22/2021 - BILL AMENDED, Senate Judiciary, (Second Hearing)

 

Position:   

Support

 

Priority:   

Tier 1 - High

 

State Bill Page:   

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA134-SB-90

 

SB103

ABOLISH DEATH PENALTY (ANTONIO N, HUFFMAN S) To abolish the death penalty and to modify the number of jurors that may be challenged in cases where a defendant may be sentenced to life imprisonment.

 

Current Status:   

6/16/2021 - Senate Judiciary, (Second Hearing)

 

Position:   

Oppose

 

Priority:   

Tier 1 - High

 

State Bill Page:   

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA134-SB-103

 

SB112

TAX FORECLOSURES, LAND REUTILIZATION (DOLAN M) To make changes to the law relating to tax foreclosures and county land reutilization corporations.

 

Current Status:   

3/31/2021 - Senate Local Government and Elections, (Second Hearing)

 

Comments:   

  • See also HB 241
  • Supportive of bill overall and in particular provisions related to electronic notice for foreclosure proceedings

 

Position:   

Support

 

Priority:   

Tier 1 - High

 

State Bill Page:   

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA134-SB-112

 

SB126

ANTI-HAZING (KUNZE S, GAVARONE T) To enact Collin's Law: The Ohio Anti-Hazing Act with regard to hazing policies at colleges and criminal prohibitions against hazing.

 

Current Status:   

7/6/2021 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. 90 days

 

Comments:   

  • See also House Bill 205
  • Preference for this bill due to stronger penalties for hazing behavior
  • Substitute bill adopted in Senate 6/15/21 mirrors HB 205

 

Position:   

Support

 

Priority:   

Tier 1 - High

 

State Bill Page:   

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA134-SB-126

 

SB152

FRAUD, WASTE, ABUSE TASK FORCE (HOAGLAND F) To establish the Fraud, Waste, and Abuse Task Force in the office of the Attorney General and to make an appropriation.

 

Current Status:   

4/21/2021 - Referred to Committee Senate Finance

 

Position:   

Amend

 

Priority:   

Tier 3 - Low

 

State Bill Page:   

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA134-SB-152

 

SB156

KNIFE REGULATIONS (ROEGNER K) Regarding the regulation of knives.

 

Current Status:   

4/21/2021 - Referred to Committee Senate Veterans and Public Safety

 

Position:   

Monitor

 

Priority:   

Tier 3 - Low

 

State Bill Page:   

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA134-SB-156

 

SB164

ANIMAL CRUELTY (HOTTINGER J, YUKO K) To revise the law and penalties associated with companion animal cruelty and to prohibit the destruction of a domestic animal by the use of a gas chamber.

 

Current Status:   

5/25/2021 - Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources, (Second Hearing)

 

Position:   

Support

 

Priority:   

Tier 2 - Medium

 

State Bill Page:   

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA134-SB-164

 

SB176

LEGALIZE SPORTS BETTING (ANTANI N, MANNING N) To legalize and regulate sports gaming in this state, to levy a tax on businesses that provide sports gaming, and to make other changes to the Gambling Law.

 

Current Status:   

6/22/2021 - Referred to Committee House Finance

 

Position:   

Monitor

 

Priority:   

Tier 3 - Low

 

State Bill Page:   

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA134-SB-176

 

SB182

BAIL REFORM (MCCOLLEY R, HUFFMAN S) To make changes regarding bail.

 

Current Status:   

6/16/2021 - Senate Judiciary, (Second Hearing)

 

Comments:   

  • Amend to provide funding for pretrial services, authorize judges to impose conditions of release in their own discretion, authorize the prosecutor to seek and the court to order pretrial detention for any felony consistent with the constitution, and provide more reasonable timelines for hearings
  • Major negative implications for public safety, victims, and witnesses

 

Position:   

Oppose

 

Priority:   

Tier 1 - High

 

State Bill Page:   

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA134-SB-182

 

SB183

EXPUNGE CRIMINAL RECORDS-TRAFFICKING VICTIMS (FEDOR T, KUNZE S) To allow a victim of human trafficking to expunge certain criminal records and to name this act the Expanding Human Trafficking Justice Act.

 

Current Status:   

6/22/2021 - Senate Judiciary, (First Hearing)

 

Comments:   

  • Amend to provide additional clarity regarding who is a "victim of human trafficking"

 

Position:   

Amend

 

Priority:   

Tier 2 - Medium

 

State Bill Page:   

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA134-SB-183

 

SB203

OPERATING A VEHICLE UNDER THE INFLUENCE-MARIHUANA (MANNING N) To change the laws pertaining to operating a vehicle or watercraft while under the influence of marihuana and the admissibility of evidence regarding the testing of a person's whole blood, blood serum or plasma, urine, breath, or other bodily substance for purposes of OVI statutes.

 

Current Status:   

6/24/2021 - Referred to Committee Senate Veterans and Public Safety

 

Comments:   

  • Amend to keep per se OVI based on positive test for THC rather than marijuana metabolites
  • This would significantly reduce the risk that the person ingested the marijuana days or weeks ago and increase the likelihood that they were impaired

 

Position:   

Amend

 

State Bill Page:   

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA134-SB-203

 

SB215

CONCEALED HANDGUN POSSESSION (JOHNSON T) Regarding a concealed handgun licensee's duty to carry the license and notify a law enforcement officer if the licensee is carrying a concealed handgun, a right of a person age twenty-one or older and not legally prohibited from firearm possession to carry a concealed handgun in the same manner as if the person was a licensee, and a pretrial immunity hearing.

 

Current Status:   

8/5/2021 - Introduced

 

Comments:   

  • Possible conflict between this and HB 89 (Duty to Notify) - must be some affirmative duty to notify law enforcement of concealed carry if the person isn't a licensee 

 

Position:   

Amend

 

State Bill Page:   

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA134-SB-215

 


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