Read below for the latest information on legislation in the 132nd Ohio General Assembly. Blue designates a bill that PPAO opposes, while pink designates a bill PPAO supports. Follow the provided links for more information on each of these bills.
House Bill 1: Authorize dating violence protection orders.
SYNOPSIS: This bill would authorize the issuance of dating violence protection orders with respect to conduct directed at a petitioner alleging dating violence, to provide access to domestic violence shelters for victims of dating violence, and to require the Attorney General's victim's bill of rights pamphlet to include a notice that a petitioner alleging dating violence has the right to petition for a civil protection order.
ACTIONS: Introduced 2/1/17 - Referred to Civil Justice Committee 2/8/17 - First hearing with proponent testimony 2/15/17 - Second hearing with opponent testimony, amendment, and vote 2/22/17 – House Floor vote, passed 91-0 2/28/17 - Introduced in Senate 3/2/17.
House Bill 36: Allow minister not to solemnize marriages contrary to beliefs.
SYNOPSIS: This bill would provide that an ordained or licensed minister or religious society is not required to solemnize a marriage and a religious society is not required to allow any building or property of the religious society to be used to host a marriage ceremony if the marriage does not conform to the ordained or licensed minister's or religious society's sincerely held religious beliefs.
ACTIONS: Introduced 2/7/17 - Referred to Community and Family Advancement Committee 2/8/17 - First hearing with proponent testimony 2/8/17 - Second hearing with opponent testimony 2/15/17 - Third hearing with proponent testimony 2/21/17.
House Bill 97: Remove spousal exceptions for certain sex offenses.
SYNOPSIS: This bill would eliminate the spousal exceptions for the offenses of rape, sexual battery, unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, gross sexual imposition, sexual imposition, importuning, and public indecency and to permit a person to testify against the person's spouse in a prosecution for any of those offenses.