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Recently Enacted Legislation of Interest to the Association

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House Bill 38 (Criminal Offenses – Violence) Sponsored by Rep. Greenspan
To provide that purposely causing the death of a first responder or military member is aggravated murder and to require an offender to serve a mandatory prison term for certain types of attempted aggravated murder when the victim is a first responder or military member.
Effective March 20, 2019

House Bill 92 (Public Indecency Classification) Sponsored by Rep. Schaffer
To require an offender who knowingly commits the offense of public indecency under certain circumstances involving exposure of private parts likely to be viewed by minors and for the purpose of sexual arousal or gratification to register as a Tier I sex offender/child-victim offender if the judge orders registration.
Effective March 20, 2019

House Bill 96 (Sexual Imposition – Repeat Offenders) Sponsored by Rep. Hughes
To increase the penalty for sexual imposition when the offender previously has been convicted or pleaded guilty three or more times of any of several specified sex offenses and to enhance the penalty for disorderly conduct involving voluntary intoxication when the offender has previously been convicted of the offense three or more times.
Effective March 22, 2019

House Bill 137 (Mandatory Reporting – Child Abuse) Sponsored by Rep. Kent
To make peace officers mandatory reporters of child abuse or neglect and to expand the types of peace officers authorized to receive reports of child abuse and neglect.
Effective March 20, 2019

House Bill 228 (Burden of Proof – Self-Defense) Sponsored by Reps. Johnson and LaTourette
To modify the law governing state preemption of local firearm regulations and related remedies, the grounds for self-defense and the burden of proof, the authority of a law enforcement officer or investigator to carry a weapon, the offense of unlawful transactions in weapons, and other weapons-related laws.
Most provisions Effective March 28, 2019; provisions governing state preemption effective December 28, 2019

House Bill 411 (Wrongful Imprisonment Law) Sponsored by Reps. Seitz and Sykes
To modify the state's wrongful imprisonment law and to modify the purpose of violation sanction centers.
Effective March 22, 2019

House Bill 425 (Body Cameras/Dashboard Cameras – Public Records) Sponsored by Reps. Antani and Craig
To provide that specified portions of peace officers' body-worn camera or dashboard camera recordings and the infrastructure record of a public school are not public records for purposes of the Public Records Law, to replace expungement with sealing of ex parte protection orders and records under certain circumstances, to clarify the appellate process for the court's refusal to grant certain protection orders, and to repeal the pilot program regarding the removal of sealed or expunged records from certain databases.
Effective April 8, 2019

House Bill 497 (Sexual Image Dissemination) Sponsored by Reps. Manning and Rogers
To prohibit the nonconsensual dissemination of private sexual images, to provide that certain property involved in the offense may be criminally forfeited, and to create certain legal rights and protections of a victim of the offense.
Effective March 22, 2019

House Bill 595 (Wills and Trust Law) Sponsored by Rep. Cupp
Among other changes to wills and trusts law, provides that involuntary manslaughter not resulting from a felony vehicular homicide offense excludes an individual from inheriting from a decedent.
Effective March 22, 2019

Senate Bill 20 (Permanently Disabling Crime Specification) Sponsored by Sen. Hackett
To require an additional prison term of 6 years for an offender who is convicted of or pleads guilty to felonious assault if the offender is convicted of or pleads guilty to a specification that the victim suffered permanent disabling harm and that the victim was under 10 years of age at the time of the offense.
Effective March 20, 2019

Senate Bill 145 (Dismemberment Abortion Prohibition) Sponsored by Sen. Huffman
To amend sections 2305.114, 2307.53, 2901.01, 2903.09, 2919.123, 2919.151, and 2967.193 and to enact section 2919.15 of the Revised Code to criminalize and create a civil action for dismemberment abortions.
Effective March 22, 2019

Senate Bill 158 (Combating Elder Fraud) Sponsored by Sen. Wilson
To develop best practices and educational opportunities to combat elder fraud and exploitation, to modify the membership of the elder abuse commission, and to provide for fines and require full restitution from offenders who are found guilty of certain fraud-related crimes against the elderly.
Effective March 20, 2019

Senate Bill 201 (Reagan Tokes Law – Indefinite Sentencing) Sponsored by Sens. Bacon and O’Brien
Provide for indefinite prison terms for first or second degree felonies, with presumptive release of offenders sentenced to such a term at the end of the minimum term; to generally allow the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction with approval of the sentencing court to reduce the minimum term for exceptional conduct or adjustment to incarceration; to allow the Department to rebut the release presumption and keep the offender in prison up to the maximum term if it makes specified findings; to require the Adult Parole Authority to study the feasibility of certain GPS monitoring functions; to prioritize funding for residential service contracts that reduce homeless offenders; to name those provisions of the act the Reagan Tokes Law; to include conduct involving an impaired person within certain sex offenses relating to conduct involving a minor; to require the Attorney General to create and maintain a statewide tracking system for the processing of sexual assault examination kits; and to eliminate the requirement that one of the judges of the Wayne County Municipal Court sit within the municipal corporation of Orrville.
Effective March 22, 2019

Senate Bill 214 (Female Genital Mutilation) Sponsored by Sens. Lehner and Terhar
To exclude from the definition of public record under the Public Records Law any depiction by photograph, film, videotape, or digital, visual, or printed material of victims of crime under specified circumstances dealing with the victims' bodily privacy, to exclude from that definition specified residential and familial information regarding county or multicounty corrections officers, and to prohibit female genital mutilation.
Effective April 5, 2019

Senate Bill 231 (Violent Offender Database) Sponsored by Sen. Gardner
Provides for a violent offender database, establish a presumption that violent offenders must enroll in the database for ten years, establish procedures for a violent offender to rebut the presumption and avoid the duty and procedures for court extension of the duty and termination of an extended duty, and name those provisions of the act "Sierah's Law;" to modify the membership and duties of the Ex-Offender Reentry Coalition and eliminate its repeal; to require halfway houses to use the single validated risk assessment tool for adult offenders that the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction has developed; and to provide that the notice of release from prison of specified serious offense offenders that is given to sheriffs is to be the same as that provided to prosecuting attorneys and eliminate the notice to sheriffs regarding pardons, commutations, paroles, and transitional control transfers of offenders.
Effective March 20, 2019

Senate Bill 296 (Officer Death Benefit Fund Revisions) Sponsored by Sen. Hottinger
To revise the payments that surviving family members receive from the Ohio Public Safety Officers Death Benefit Fund and to permit surviving spouses and children to participate in the health, dental, and vision benefits offered to state employees as if the survivors were employees of this state; to increase the compensation of elected public officers through 2028; to create the Public Office Compensation Advisory Commission; to create the Office of Innovate Ohio; to allow the Lieutenant Governor to receive the salary of the head of an office within the Governor's office in lieu of the Lieutenant Governor's statutory salary; and to declare an emergency.
Veto Override December 27, 2018, Effective Immediately

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