Kelsey's Law Passes Ohio Senate
Senator Brown proud of swift action to help save lives
April 17, 2013
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Columbus – State Senator Edna Brown (D – Toledo) is pleased to announce the passage of Kelsey’s Law (SB 5) by the Ohio Senate today by a vote of 32-1. The bill, introduced by Senator Brown, would assist law enforcement officials when responding to certain emergency situations such as abductions.

“We have worked diligently with all interested parties to bring Kelsey’s Law to the floor today for this favorable vote,” said Senator Brown. “I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues in the House to move this bill forward and make Ohioans safer.” 

During committee hearings, Kelsey’s Law received support from the Ohio Domestic Violence Network, the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association, ACTION OHIO Coalition For Battered Women, the Fraternal Order of Police and large wireless service providers in Ohio including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon.

The bill is named for Kansas teenager Kelsey Smith, who was abducted on June 2, 2007 and found dead four days later. In response to this tragedy, Kansas first passed model legislation for this bill in 2009. Similar ‘Kelsey’s Law’ legislation has since been introduced and enacted in eight other states. 

“Kelsey’s Law has helped save lives in the eight states where it has been implemented and it will help save lives in Ohio,” said Senator Brown. “This is an important piece of legislation and I am proud to be a part of implementing it in our state.”

The legislation will now move to the Ohio House for consideration.  

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