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Erin Ryan · December 14, 2015

Legislation: Ohio House Bill 392 – Domestic Violence Protections (Intimate Partners)

Bill: House Bill 392 (full text) Title: Domestic Violence Protections for Intimate Partners Sponsors: Representatives Sykes and Bryant Kuhns Co-Sponsors: Representatives Bishoff, Butler, Clyde, DeVitits, Driehaus, Fedor, Howse, Smith K., Lepore-Hagan, Ramos, Reece, Sheehy, Stinziano, Johnson, Boggs, Dever, McColley, Anielski, Antonio, Arndt, Ashford, Baker, Barnes Jr., Boccieri, Boyd, Brenner, Brown T., Buchy, Burkley, Celebrezze, Cera, Conditt, Craig, Curtin, Derickson, Dovilla, Duffey, Ginter, Hall, Hambley, Kunze, Landis, Leland, Manning, McClain, O’Brien M, O’Brien S., Patmon, Patterson, Pelanda, Perales, Phillips, Reineke, Rogers, Romanchuk, Ryan, Smith, Sprague, Strahorn, Sweeney, Thompson, and Young Bill Analysis: This bill would add intimate partners to the list of those protected by Ohio’s domestic violence laws, provide access to domestic violence shelters for intimate partner domestic violence victims, and require the Attorney General’s victims’ bill of rights pamphlet to add a line indicating that intimate partners that are victims of domestic abuse have the right to petition for a civil rights protection. Status: Introduced in the House on November 9, 2015.  It was referred to the House Judiciary Committee on November 16, 2015.  Committee Hearings were held December 1 and 8, 2015, January 26, 2016, and February 9, 2016.  The bill was amended during Committee hearings on February 9, 2016 to align the state’s definition of dating violence with the federal definition and to remove a reference to “sexual involvement” in the bill language in order to avoid that being a part of a public record. Another Committee hearing was held on April 5, 2016.  During the hearing, the bill was amended to ensure that the penalty for violating a protection order under the bill is in line with penalties for violating other protection orders.  The substitute bill was reported out of Committee 13-0 on April 24, 2016.  It passed the full House 89-0 on May 25, 2016.  See how your legislator voted here. The bill was introduced to the Senate on June 1, 2016, and referred to the Criminal Justice Committee on September 28, 2016.

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