COLUMBUS—The Ohio House of Representatives passed legislation today, sponsored by State Senators Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville) and Kevin Bacon(R-Minerva Park), that would strengthen existing laws so that offenders who avoid service of a protection order and knowingly violate the terms of the order can be prosecuted.

"Eliminating such loopholes in the existing law will help protect victims and better equip law enforcement to deal with these offenders who evade delivery of protection orders," said Manning. "Approval of this measure in the House is a victory for those who fear for themselves and their loved ones, and we are optimistic that the governor will sign this important bill into law."

Senate Bill 7 would overturn an Ohio Supreme Court ruling (State v. Smith-2008-1781) which determined that current statute does not permit prosecution in cases where the offender knowingly violated a protection order but did not receive formal service prior to the violation.

Senate Bill 7 now goes to Governor John Kasich to be signed into law. 

 
 
 
  
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