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Ohio House of Representatives Criminal Justice Committee Update

July 16, 2019

by Representative David Leland

With the Ohio House Criminal Justice Committee in recess until the fall, I thought it would be a good time to provide a brief update on important committee activity. I have compiled a list of bills addressed in committee so far this General Assembly, including three noteworthy bills that also passed in the House chamber— House Bill’s (HB) 1, 5 and 136. 

You can find the full text of each piece of legislation at www.legislature.ohio.gov 

Bills Passed in Criminal Justice Committee

  • H.B. 1 – Modify intervention in lieu of conviction/sealing requirements – Rep. Plummer & Rep. Hicks Hudson
  • H.B. 5 – Establish Ohio Public Defender State Loan Repayment Program – Rep. Hillyer & Rep. Leland 
  • S.B. 10 – Expand penalty for theft in office/restitution for audit costs – Sen. Wilson (Passed in the Senate, pending in the House)
  • H.C.R. 10 – To urge the federal government to designate certain drug cartels operating as foreign terrorist organizations – Rep. Wiggam & Rep. Plummer (Adopted in the House)
  • H.B. 66 – Enact theft Victims’ Restitution Act – Rep. Merrin (Passed in the House) 
  • H.B. 85 – Transfer money to defray country capital case costs – Rep. Wilkin & Rep. Rogers (Passed in the House)
  • H.B. 136 – Prohibit death penalty if mentally ill at time of offense – Rep. Hillyer 
  • H.B. 161 – Expand penalties for abuse of corpse offenses – Rep. R. Smith


Bills Currently Being Heard In Criminal Justice Committee

  • H.B. 3 – Address high-risk domestic violence and victimization – Rep. Boyd & Rep. Carruthers
  • S.B. 5 – Change penalties for promoting prostitution – Sen. Kunze & Sen. Dolan (Passed in the Senate)
  • H.B. 33 – Establish animal abuse reporting requirements – Rep. Lanese & Rep. Carruthers
  • H.B. 37 – Revise law about nuisance, dangerous, vicious dogs – Rep. Antani & Rep. Holmes
  • S.B. 48 – Narrows the scope of speedy trial rules – Sen. Eklund (Passed in the Senate)
  • S.B. 55 – Enhance penalty for drug offense near addiction services provider – Sen. Gavarone (Passed in the Senate) 
  • H.B. 87 – Seal ILC record despite companion OVI conviction – Rep. Antani
  • H.B. 119 – Regards traffic law violations – Rep. Stoltzfus
  • H.B. 128 – Modify penalties for soliciting – Rep. Koehler & Rep. A. Miller
  • H.B. 205 – Expands immunity for obtaining assistance for drug overdose – Rep. Galonski
  • H.B. 208 – Increase penalty for assault if victim a sports official – Rep. Roemer & Rep. J. Miller
  • H.B. 215 – Modifies Corrections Law, including reentry and GPS Monitoring (Reagan Tokes Act) – Rep. Boggs & Rep. Carfagna


Bills Assigned to Criminal Justice Committee

  • S.B. 68 – Allow community service in lieu of driver reinstatement fee – Sen. Williams (Passed in the Senate)
  • H.B. 83 – Allow school bus camera image to support failing to stop for bus – Rep. Brown & Rep. Schaffer
  • H.B. 89 – Enhance penalties for failing to stop for school bus – Rep. Antani
  • H.B. 105 – Enhance penalty for failing to stop for school – Rep. Brown & Rep. Scherer 
  • H.B. 169 – Require state/local authorities to cooperate on immigration – Rep. Keller & Rep. Antani
  • H.B. 178 – Modifies weapons law; permit concealed carry without license – Rep. Hood & Rep. Brinkman (Passed in Federalism Committee, re-referred to Criminal Justice
  • H.B. 232 – Revise penalties for importuning – Rep. Schaffer & Rep. K. Smith
  • H.B. 240 – Prohibit negligent storage of firearm/crime if minor gains access – Rep. Kelly & Rep. Miranda
  • H.B. 277 – Revise law about electronic recording of custodial interrogations – Rep. Plummer & Rep. West
  • H.B. 279 – Removes limits on prosecuting and proving certain sex offense – Rep. Boggs & Rep. Galons
  • H.B. 290 – Revoke professional licenses for criminal misconduct – Rep. Boggs & Rep. Crawley
  • H.B. 298 – Modify state of limitations for child abuse and neglect – Rep. Kennedy Kent
  • H.B. 299 – Enhance penalty for crimes against correction and parole officers – Rep. Greenspan
  • Rep. 302 – Include child abuse-related offenses in violent offender database – Rep. Perales 
  • H.B. 307 – Increase penalties for voyeurism – Rep. Antani & Rep. Plummer
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