Kelsey's Law Passes Senate Committee
Legislation receives broad support in final Senate committee hearing
March 20, 2013
 
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Columbus – Today, Kelsey’s Law, SB 5, was voted out of the Senate Public Safety, Local Government and Veterans Affairs Committee. The legislation, introduced by State Senator Edna Brown (D – Toledo) and joint sponsored by Senator Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville), will assist law enforcement officials when responding to certain emergency situations such as abductions.

The bill is named for Kansas teenager Kelsey Smith, who was abducted in 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 seven other states.

“This is a simple bill that can help save lives,” said Senator Brown. “The proponent testimony and broad bi-partisan support Kelsey’s Law received today is a testament to that.”

“After hearing testimony last week from Missey Smith, the mother of Kelsey Smith and one of the strongest advocates of this bill, I am happy that we have been able to bring together the support of so many different groups to implement this law in Ohio,” said Senator Brown. “As I stated before, this is a simple bill that can help save lives.” 

The Ohio Domestic Violence Network, the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association, ACTION OHIO Coalition For Battered Women and major wireless service providers in Ohio including Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon support the legislation.

In written testimony, the wireless service providers stated that they were “proud to lend [their] support to SB 5, Kelsey’s Law, so that Ohio can join the growing list of states passing this type of important legislation.”

The ACLU of Ohio also provided testimony and raised no objections to the bill’s passage in its current form thanks to the fourth amendment’s allowances for police to acquire information in emergency situations.

“After hearing testimony last week from Missey Smith, the mother of Kelsey Smith and one of the strongest advocates of this bill, I am happy that we have been able to bring together the support of so many different groups to implement this law in Ohio,” said Senator Brown.

 

 
 
 
  
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