Legislation: Ohio House Bill 151 – Stalking (Expand Offenses)
Bill: House Bill 151 (full text)Title: Stalking (Expand Offenses)
Sponsors: Representative Anielski
Co-Sponsors: Representatives Grossman, LaTourette, Kraus, Dever, Blessing III, Rogers, Brown T., Butler, Antonio, Arndt, Ashford, Baker, Boose, Conditt, Cupp, Driehaus, Duffey, Ginter, Hambley, Hayes, Howse, Johnson, Koehler, Kunze, Landis, Leland, Manning, McClain, O’Brien M., O’Brien S., Patterson, Pelanda, Retherford, Schaffer, Scherer, Sears, Sheehy, Slaby, Smith, Sprague, Sweeney, Young, Rosenberger, Eklund, Burke, Cafaro, Coley, Hackett, Hite, Hughes, LaRose, Lehner, Manning, Oelslager, Patton, Schiavoni, Tavares, Thomas, Uecker, Williams, Boyce
Bill Analysis: This bill would expand the offenses of menacing of stalking to include the prohibition of a person from knowingly causing another person to believe that physical harm or mental distress will be caused by the offender to a family member or household member of the person.
Status: The bill was introduced on April 13, 2015. It was referred to the House Judiciary Committee on April 21, 2015. Received Committee Hearing on May 5, 12, and 26, 2015. It was reported out of Committee 12-0 on May 26, 2015 and passed in the full House 88-0 on October 7, 2015.
The bill was referred to the Senate Criminal Justice Committee on October 14, 2015. It received Committee Hearings on October 28, November 18, December 2, and December 9, 2015. An amended version was reported out of Committee 10-0 on December 9, 2015. It passed the full Senate 33-0 on April 13, 2016.
On April 20, 2016, the House concurred 82-0 on Senate Amendments to remove provisions that would have violated the one-subject rule. It was delivered to the Governor and signed into law on May 17, 2016 and became effective on August 16, 2016.