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Bills of interest to the Association pending in the 134rd Ohio Senate
Through June 7, 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

 

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:   

5/25/2022 - Consideration of House Amendments; Senate Does Concur, Vote 30-0

 

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:   

6/2/2022 - House Criminal Justice, (Fourth 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 designate April as "Sexual Assault Prevention Awareness Month," and to name the act's provisions the Relapse Reduction Act.

 

Current Status:   

4/21/2022 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. 90 days

 

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. 3/2/22

 

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. 3/2/22

 

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. 3/23/22

 

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. 3/23/22

 

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:   

2/15/2022 - Senate Judiciary, (Third 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:   

3/29/2022 - House Ways and Means, (First 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. 10/7/21

 

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

 

SB156

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

 

Current Status:   

6/1/2022 - Consideration of House Amendments; Senate Does Concur, Vote 25-7

 

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:   

6/1/2022 - PASSED BY SENATE; Vote 32-0

 

Position:   

Support

 

Priority:   

Tier 2 - Medium

 

State Bill Page:   

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

 

SB182

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

 

Current Status:   

4/5/2022 - Senate Judiciary, (Third 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 (1) provide that the rules of evidence apply to hearings on these petitions, (2) require that the additional factors to consider apply to F3 offenses and offenses of violence in addition to F1 and F2 offenses, (3) require the court to have its probation department make inquiries concerning the applicant, and (4) provide that an application may not be made sooner than 180 days before the applicant has completed their sentence and received final discharge from the court or ODRC and shall not be granted before final discharge.
  • See also HB 319.

 

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:   

3/15/2022 - Senate Veterans and Public Safety, (Second Hearing)

 

Comments:   

  • Amend to keep per se OVI based on positive test for THC rather than marijuana metabolite. 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, and 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.

 

Current Status:   

3/14/2022 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. 90 days

 

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:   

2/8/2022 - Senate Judiciary, (Third 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:   

5/31/2022 - Senate Judiciary, (Second 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:   

4/27/2022 - House Government Oversight, (Fourth Hearing)

 

Comments:   

  • Opposed to removal of Board of Pharmacy from oversight role and to expansion of doctor's ability to recommend marijuana for any condition.

 

Position:   

Oppose

 

Priority:   

Tier 1 - High

 

State Bill Page:   

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

 

SB288

CRIMINAL LAW CHANGES (MANNING N) To modify the Criminal Law regarding arson and related offenses; robbery, burglary, trespass, safecracking, and related offenses; theft, fraud, and related offenses; offenses against the public peace; offenses against justice and public administration; miscellaneous offenses; the meaning of "prior calculation and design"; certain vehicle license suspensions; a new offense of "aggravated rape"; and other miscellaneous provisions of that Law.

 

Current Status:   

5/17/2022 - SUBSTITUTE BILL ACCEPTED, Senate Judiciary, (Seventh Hearing)

 

Comments:   

  • Criminal Justice Recodifications Committee recommendations removed 5/17/22. 
  • Remain opposed to (1) repeal of transitional control veto, (2) expansion of record "expungement" to authorize the exungement of any record that can be sealed, (3) expansion of earned credit from 8% to 15%, (4) provisions on judicial release during a public health state of emergency or on "recommendation" of the director of ODRC.

 

Position:   

Oppose

 

Priority:   

Tier 1 - High

 

State Bill Page:   

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA134-SB-288

 

SB292

PROHIBITION ON SWATTING (BRENNER A) To prohibit swatting.

 

Current Status:   

3/15/2022 - Senate Judiciary, (First Hearing)

 

Comments:   

  • Support the concept but should be done a sentencing enhancement for inducing panic (R.C. 2917.31) or making false alarms (R.C. 2917.32) since these offenses already cover this activity.
  • See also HB 462.

 

Position:   

Amend

 

Priority:   

Tier 2 - Medium

 

State Bill Page:   

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA134-SB-292

 

SB301

LAW CHANGES-LICENSE SUSPENSIONS (BLESSING III L) To make changes to the laws governing driver's license suspensions for certain drug offenses and failure to pay child support and to the laws governing penalties for failure to provide proof of financial responsibility.

 

Current Status:   

4/5/2022 - Senate Judiciary, (First Hearing)

 

Position:   

Monitor

 

Priority:   

Tier 3 - Low

 

State Bill Page:   

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA134-SB-301

 

SB303

JURY SOURCE LISTS (THOMAS C) To require the names submitted by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles to the commissioners of jurors to be included on the annual jury source list compiled by the commissioners.

 

Current Status:   

5/31/2022 - Senate Local Government and Elections, (First Hearing)

 

Position:   

Oppose

 

Priority:   

Tier 3 - Low

 

State Bill Page:   

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA134-SB-303

 

SB311

LAW CHANGES-CORONERS, DEATH CERTIFICATES (HUFFMAN S, JOHNSON T) To revise the law governing coroners and death certificates and to amend the version of section 4723.431 of the Revised Code that is scheduled to take effect on September 30, 2024, to continue the change on and after that date.

 

Current Status:   

4/6/2022 - Senate Health, (Second Hearing)

 

Comments:   

  • Support provision regarding journalist access to CLEIR in preliminary autopsies.

 

Position:   

Support

 

Priority:   

Tier 2 - Medium

 

State Bill Page:   

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA134-SB-311

 

SB322

SEX OFFENSES, MEDICAL PROFESSIONS (HACKETT R) Regarding sex offenses and individuals regulated by the State Medical Board.

 

Current Status:   

5/18/2022 - Referred to Committee Senate Health

 

Comments:   

  • Remove requirement to report based on "reasonable cause to suspect."

 

Position:   

Amend

 

Priority:   

Tier 2 - Medium

 

State Bill Page:   

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA134-SB-322

 

SB339

TRACKING DEVICE-GENERAL PROHIBITIONS (MANNING N, ANTONIO N) To generally prohibit a person from knowingly installing a tracking device or application on another person's property without the other person's consent.

 

Current Status:   

5/31/2022 - Senate Judiciary, (Second Hearing)

 

Comments:   

  • Amend to (1) better define "tracking application" and "tracking device, (2) prohibit the use of the device "in or on" another person's property, (3) address revoked consent and clarify consent of parents in situations involving difference child custody arrangements. 

 

Position:   

Amend

 

Priority:   

Tier 2 - Medium

 

State Bill Page:   

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA134-SB-339

 

SJR5

CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGE-BAIL DETERMINATIONS (GAVARONE T) Proposing to amend Section 9 of Article I of the Constitution of the State of Ohio to eliminate the requirement that the amount and conditions of bail be established pursuant to Section 5(b) of Article IV of the Constitution of the State of Ohio, and instead allow the courts to use factors such as public safety, a person's criminal record, the likelihood a person will return to court, and the seriousness of a person's offense.

 

Current Status:   

5/31/2022 - Referred to Committee House Rules and Reference

 

Position:   

Support

 

Priority:   

Tier 1 - High

 

State Bill Page:   

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA134-SJR-5

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