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Bills of interest to the Association pending in the 132nd Ohio Senate
Through March 29, 2017


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SB1 DRUG OFFENSES (LaRose, F.) To increase penalties for drug trafficking violations, drug possession violations, and aggravated funding of drug trafficking when the drug involved in the offense is a fentanyl-related compound, to revise the manner of determining sentence for certain violations of the offense of permitting drug abuse, and to add lisdexamfetamine to the list of schedule II controlled substances. Am. 2925.01, 2925.02, 2925.03,2925.04, 2925.05, 2925.11, 2925.13, 2925.36, 2929.01, 2929.14, 2941.1410, 3719.41, 3719.99, and 4729.99
OPAA: Support 2/23/17

SB2 ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS (Hite, C.) To revise specified laws relating to environmental protection. Am. 1506.21, 1506.23, 3714.01, 3714.02, 3714.051, 3714.06, 3714.062, 3714.082, 3734.061, 3734.19, 3734.20, 3734.21, 3734.22, 3734.23, 3734.30, 5301.80, 6109.02, 6109.08, 6109.24, 6111.03, 6111.04, 6111.07, and 6111.30 and to enact sections 3714.022, 6109.25, 6111.052, 6111.33, and 6111.34
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SB4 HUMAN TRAFFICKING (Kunze, S., Oelslager, S.) To allow a person who is found not guilty of an offense or who is the defendant named in a dismissed criminal charge to apply for a court order to expunge the person's official records in the case if the charge or not guilty finding was the result of the applicant having been a human trafficking victim, to allow a person convicted of certain prostitution-related offenses to apply for the expungement of the conviction record of any offense, other than a specified disqualifying offense, the person's participation in which was a result of having been a human trafficking victim, and to allow intervention in lieu of conviction for persons charged with committing an offense while a victim of compelling prostitution. Am. 2951.041 and 2953.38 and to enact section 2953.521
OPAA: Support with Murphy amendments 2/23/17 Oppose Yost amendment 3/23/17.

SB7 PROTECTION ORDERS (Bacon, K., Manning, G.) To provide that service of a protection order or consent agreement upon a person is not necessary for the person to be convicted of the offense of violating a protection order if the person had actual notice of the order or agreement and the person recklessly violated its terms. Am. 2919.27
OPAA: Support 2/23/17

SB12 DEATH PENALTY (Tavares, C.) To provide that a defendant cannot be executed if the defendant's race was the basis of the decision to seek or impose the death penalty, to permit a defendant to file a motion alleging that the defendant's race was the basis of the decision to seek or impose the death penalty, and to specify the procedure for determining if the defendant's race was the basis of that decision. Am. 2929.07
OPAA: Opposed SB67 131st

SB13 LAW ENFORCEMENT RECORDINGS (Tavares, C.) To grant a person the right to lawfully record any incident involving a law enforcement officer and to impose civil liability upon the state or a local law enforcement agency if a law enforcement officer employed by the state or local law enforcement agency interferes with the recording of the incident, destroys the recording, seizes the recording without a warrant or subpoena or the person's consent, or retaliates against the person who recorded the incident. Am. 2315.18, 2323.43, 2744.02, 2744.03, 2744.04, and 2744.05 and to enact sections 2743.021, 2744.021, and 2744.022
OPAA: Opposed SB174 131st

SB19 PROSECUTING ATTORNEYS (Thomas, C.) To prohibit prosecuting attorneys of counties with a population of 400,001 or more from engaging in the private practice of law. Am. 309.02 and 325.11
OPAA: No Position 3/23/17

SB20 FELONY SENTENCES (Hackett, B.) To require an additional prison term of 3 to 8 years for an offender who is convicted of or pleads guilty to a felony offense of violence if the offender is convicted of or pleads guilty to a specification that the victim suffered permanent disabling harm. Am. 2929.01, 2929.13, and 2929.14 and to enact section 2941.1425
OPAA: Support 2/23/17

SB30 VEHICLE TRAFFIC (Eklund, J.)
To authorize counties to adopt resolutions regulating motor vehicle traffic on county and township roads.
OPAA: Oppose 2/23/17

SB32 TRIAL TIMELINES (Eklund, J.)
To provide a prosecutor an additional fourteen days to commence a trial after a person charged with a felony has been discharged because the person has not been brought to trial within the required amount of time and to authorize the court to release the person from detention in connection with those charges pending trial.
OPAA: Support 2/23/17

SB33 LAW ENFORCEMENT DATA (Eklund, J.)
To allow disclosure of information from the law enforcement automated data system (LEADS) to a defendant in a traffic or criminal case.
OPAA: Support 3/23/17

SB40 AGGRAVATED MURDER (Eklund, J., Williams, S.)
To provide that a person convicted of aggravated murder who shows that the person had a serious mental illness at the time of committing the offense cannot be sentenced to death for the offense and to provide a mechanism for resentencing to a life sentence a person previously sentenced to death who proves that the person had a serious mental illness at the time of committing the offense.
OPAA: Opposed SB162 131st

SB41 TESTIMONIAL PRIVILEGE (Eklund, J.)
To provide generally a testimonial privilege for communications between a qualified advocate rendering advocacy services and a victim of sexual violence, menacing by stalking, or domestic violence, to exempt the nondisclosure of that privileged communication from the offense of failure to report a crime, to require a qualified advocate to report knowledge or reasonable suspicion of child abuse or neglect of the victim except for privileged communications, and to specify circumstances in which the victim is considered to have waived the privilege. Am. 2151.421, 2317.02, and 2921.22
OPAA: Oppose as written. Seems to hinder truth seeking process. Doesn't apply to governmental victims advocates. 3/23/17

SB42 DRUG OFFENSES (Eklund, J.)
To expressly provide that drug offense penalties that refer to a particular type of drug also apply to a compound, mixture, preparation, or substance containing a detectable amount of that drug and to declare an emergency. Am. 2925.02, 2925.03, 2925.04, 2925.05, 2925.11, 2925.12, 2925.14, 2925.141, 2925.22, 2925.23, 2925.36, 2925.51, 2929.14, 3719.99, and 4729.99
OPAA: Support 2/23/17

SB60 DRONE USE (Skindell, M., Jordan, K.)
To regulate the use of drones for gathering evidence and information by law enforcement officers in Ohio.
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SB64 JUVENILE BINDOVERS (Thomas, C.)
To eliminate mandatory bindovers and reverse bindovers, and modify the rules and procedures regarding a discretionary bindover, of an alleged juvenile offender from a juvenile court to a criminal court.
OPAA: Oppose 2/23/17

SB66 CRIMINAL LAWS (Eklund, J., Tavares, C.)
To modify criminal sentencing and corrections law by including rehabilitation as a purpose of felony sentencing, removing the one-year minimum for presumptive fourth or fifth degree felony community control sanctions, modifying sanctions for a violation of a community control condition, modifying the manner of calculating confinement credits, modifying eligibility criteria and procedures for granting intervention in lieu of conviction, making offenders convicted of certain multiple fourth or fifth degree felonies eligible for conviction record sealing, revising procedures for the Adult Parole Authority to grant a final release or terminate post-release control, and modifying the criteria for considering a prison term sanction for a post-release control violation.
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SB70 CHILD SUPPORT (Coley, B.)
To amend the child support laws. Any criminal provisions??
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SB75 PROPERTY LIENS (Brown, E.)
Regarding property liens for unpaid county or municipal water service charges. Am. 743.04 and 6103.02
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SB76 TRESPASSING NOTICES (Coley, B.)
To amend the law governing criminal trespass to specify that placing purple paint marks on trees or posts constitutes posting notice in a manner reasonably calculated to come to the attention of potential intruders. Am. 2911.21
OPAA: Oppose 3/23/17

SB81 FIREARMS (Terhar, L.)
To waive the concealed carry license fee for active members of the armed forces and retired and honorably discharged veterans, to accept military experience with firearms as proof of competency with firearms regardless of when the applicant for a license acquired the experience, to permit a licensee to renew a concealed handgun license at any time before the expiration of the license, and to require the Attorney General to monitor the number of license fees waived and cap the total amount allowed to be waived at $1.5 million.
OPAA: Support 3/23/17

SB83 LAW ENFORCEMENT DEATHS (Williams, S.)
To establish the duties and authority of the Attorney General to investigate and prosecute cases relating to the death of a person caused by a peace officer.
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SB84 RACIAL PROFILING (Williams, S., Tavares, C.)
To require the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission to develop a course to train peace officers in performing their duties without biased policing or status-based profiling; to prohibit law enforcement officers and officials from engaging in biased policing or status-based profiling; to require each law enforcement agency to develop and provide annually to its officers an educational training program on how to perform law enforcement duties without engaging in biased policing or status-based profiling; to create the racial and identity profiling advisory board; to provide a civil cause of action for an individual who is a victim of biased policing or status-based profiling; and to permit the Attorney General to seek injunctive relief against a law enforcement agency served by an officer who commits biased policing or status-based profiling.
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SB94 DEATH PENALTY (Brown, E.)
To abolish the death penalty and to declare an emergency.
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SB100 DISCRIMINATION LAWS (Skindell, M., Tavares, C.) To prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. (Check changes to 2907.03)
OPAA: No Postition 3/23/17

 

 
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