COLUMBUS– State Senator Kris Jordan (R–Ostrander) today introduced legislation to better protect the personal property rights and privacy of Ohioans in regards to smart electricity meters.

The legislation, Senate Bill 181, would require electricity distributors to obtain the consent of a customer prior to installing a smart meter on the customer’s property.

“With each day that passes, we observe more ways where the government and private companies are using technology to more closely monitor the activities and movements of law-abiding Americans,” said Jordan. “Senate Bill 181 will ensure that customers are notified and their consent is given before an electric company can install a smart meter on their property to gather additional data about their lives.”

The bill comes on the heels of other legislation, sponsored by Senator Jordan, which focuses on the personal privacy rights of Ohioans. Through Senate Bill 165, introduced last month, Senator Jordan hopes to protect Ohioans’ medical records by clarifying Ohio law to require a patient’s written permission before their records can be submitted to an electronic database. The bill also prohibits a physician from inquiring about a patient’s status as a gun owner.

“There is nothing more personal and sacred than a person’s health and medical treatment,” added Jordan. “I want to ensure that no Ohioan ever feels as though the private conversations between them and a medical professional could ever be used in some sort of data mining scheme by the federal government. Even the suspicion of such a violation of privacy could be detrimental to a person’s medical treatment, not to mention their right to liberty”

The pieces of legislation will be assigned to committee at the commencement of the fall legislative session.

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