COLUMBUS - Today, Senator Michael Skindell (D-Lakewood) introduced Senate Bill 59, which would require bicycle operators and passengers less than 18 years of age to wear bicycle helmets on roadways. It would also establish the Bicycle Safety Fund to assist low-income families in purchasing bicycle helmets.
“The goal of this legislation is to prevent head injuries, which is even more important for children whose brains are still developing. A helmet is the single most effective safety device to accomplish this goal,” said Senator Skindell.
According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 206,000 children across the United States visited the emergency room for bicycle-related injuries in 2015. Nearly half of these children suffered from traumatic brain injuries. The National Safe Kids campaign estimates that properly fitted bike helmets could prevent 88% of these injuries.
21 states, plus the District of Columbia, already require youth under a certain age to wear a helmet while riding a bicycle on roadways. This legislation would protect hundreds of Ohio children and their families from preventable injuries. It would also help low-income families afford these helmets with money from noncompliance fines related to the helmet requirement.
COLUMBUS - Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) and members of the Senate Democratic Caucus have launched a series of trips around the state to gather opinions from parents and educators on ways to improve education in Ohio.
Columbus—Next week, Assistant Senate Democratic Leader Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) will introduce legislation aimed at protecting citizens who record law enforcement and civilian involved incidents. The Eyewitness Protection Act will give a person the right to lawfully record any incident involving law enforcement or the public and to maintain custody and control of that recording and the device used to record the incident.
Columbus—Today, State Senator Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati) testified before members of the State and Local Government Committee on Senate Concurrent Resolution 4 to urge Commissioner Robert Manfred to reinstate Pete Rose to Major League Baseball. The resolution also encourages the Baseball Writers' Association to consider Pete Rose for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Cleveland—Today, Senator Sandra Williams (D-Cleveland) released the following statement calling for accountability after Judge John O'Donnell found Officer Michael Brelo not guilty of voluntary manslaughter charges in the deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams: