COLUMBUS - 

State Senator Bill Beagle (R–Tipp City) introduced and saw enacted Senate Bill 64 in 2013 which sought to resolve the legal issues with Ohio's child enticement statute. The bill was in response to a decision by the 9th District Court of Appeals, which ruled the former statute overly broad and unenforceable. The Ohio Supreme Court today upheld the appellate court ruling, further emphasizing the positive affect Beagle's initiative will have on future cases.

“It is critical that we maintain laws that protect our children,” Beagle said. “It is clear based on continued court rulings that Ohio law contained an old loophole putting our children at risk, which was not something that could be tolerated.”
 
The courts specifically found Ohio’s former statute unconstitutional because it lacked an “illicit intent” provision. The Akron-based case that sparked the law’s controversy found the former law treated a person with unlawful intent the same as a parent who offers a ride home to their child’s friend. That broad nature made the law unenforceable in the court’s eye.
 
“Today’s decision by the Ohio Supreme Court just further proves what we in the legislature already suspected, which was that our old statute was unenforceable and placed our children at risk,” said Beagle. “We took quick action and put into place a new law that is keeping our children safe today.”

Senate Bill 64 was approved by the General Assembly and signed into law by the Governor. The new statute has been effective in Ohio since July 11, 2013.
 
Beagle sponsored the initiative with State Senator Gayle Manning (R–North Ridgeville).

 
 
 
  
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