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Bills of interest to the Association pending in the 134rd Ohio Senate
Through Januray 4, 2022

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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:   

11/17/2021 - House State and Local Government, (First Hearing)

 

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:   

10/26/2021 - House Criminal Justice, (First Hearing)

 

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 authorize the implementation of a civil penalty system related to drivers who illegally pass a school bus but 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:   

12/7/2021 - SUBSTITUTE BILL ACCEPTED, 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

ENHANCE PENALTIES FOR CERTAIN DRUG TRAFFICKING OFFENSES (GAVARONE T) To enhance penalties for certain drug trafficking offenses committed in the vicinity of a substance addiction services provider or a recovering addict, to prohibit defrauding an alcohol, drug, or urine screening test, and to name the act's provisions the Relapse Reduction Act.

 

Current Status:   

10/12/2021 - House Criminal Justice, (First 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:   

12/1/2021 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. 90 days.

 

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:   

9/21/2021 - Senate Judiciary, (Second 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:   

12/1/2021 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. 90 days.

 

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 and to designate this act as Esther's Law.

 

Current Status:   

12/22/2021 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. 90 days

 

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:   

12/22/2021 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. 90 days

 

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:   

10/19/2021 - BILL AMENDED, Senate Local Government and Elections, (Third 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:   

11/9/2021 - Senate Finance, (First Hearing)

 

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:   

10/26/2021 - Referred to Committee House Government Oversight

 

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:   

10/5/2021 - Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources, (Third 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:   

12/7/2021 - SUBSTITUTE BILL ACCEPTED, Senate Judiciary, (Fourth 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:   

9/21/2021 - Senate Veterans and Public Safety, (First Hearing)

 

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

 

Priority:   

Tier 2 - Medium

 

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:   

12/15/2021 - PASSED BY SENATE; Vote 23-8

 

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
  • Remove provision of bill on pre-trial immunity in self-defense cases (Amendment adopted 12/14/21)

 

Position:   

Amend

 

Priority:   

Tier 1 - High

 

State Bill Page:   

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

 

SB216

CUSTODY OF INFANTS - SUBSTANCE EXPOSURE (JOHNSON T) To enact Dylan's Law regarding parental custody of infants born substance exposed.

 

Current Status:   

11/9/2021 - Senate Judiciary, (Second Hearing)

 

Comments:   

  • Amend to allow prosecution for endangering children when child is born after having been exposed to drugs

 

Position:   

Amend

 

Priority:   

Tier 2 - Medium

 

State Bill Page:   

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA134-SB-216

 

SB218

VOYEURISM - INCREASE PENALTIES (ANTANI N) To increase the penalties for the offense of voyeurism.

 

Current Status:   

9/28/2021 - Senate Judiciary, (First Hearing)

 

Comments:   

  • Amend to repeal purpose requirement in divisions (B) and (C)
  • Amend to provide higher penalty if victim is a minor
  • See also HB 406

 

Position:   

Amend

 

Priority:   

Tier 2 - Medium

 

State Bill Page:   

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA134-SB-218

 

SB223

SEALING CERTAIN DISMISSED CHARGES (ANTANI N) To allow for the sealing of charges dismissed through intervention in lieu of conviction when those charges are connected to a conviction for operating a vehicle under the influence and to allow a clerk of court to spend computerization funds upon request.

 

Current Status:   

9/28/2021 - Senate Judiciary, (First Hearing)

 

Comments:   

  • Impractical if not impossible to seal parts of a case file

 

Position:   

Oppose

 

Priority:   

Tier 2 - Medium

 

State Bill Page:   

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA134-SB-223

 

SB226

LIMITATIONS PERIOD - OFFENSES INVOLVING CHILDREN (KUNZE S, ANTONIO N) To extend, from the age of majority to age 26, the tolling of the period of limitation for offenses involving a wound, injury, disability, or condition that indicates abuse or neglect of a child.

 

Current Status:   

12/7/2021 - Senate Judiciary, (First Hearing)

 

Position:   

Support

 

Priority:   

Tier 2 - Medium

 

State Bill Page:   

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA134-SB-226

 

SB261

LAW CHANGES-MEDICAL MARIJUANA (HUFFMAN S) To amend the law related to medical marijuana.

 

Current Status:   

12/15/2021 - PASSED BY SENATE; Vote 26-5

 

Position:   

Oppose

 

Priority:   

Tier 1 - High

 

State Bill Page:   

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA134-SB-261

 


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