State Senator Gayle Manning (R–North Ridgeville) sponsored legislation in 2013, now law, which strengthened Ohio’s child enticement laws following multiple court rulings that found the former statute too broad and unenforceable. The case today reached the Ohio Supreme Court where the Justices upheld the lower court's ruling, further emphasizing the need to the legislative action taken by the General Assembly last year.

Senate Bill 64, which took effect on July 11, 2013, was introduced in response to a decision made by the 9th District Court of Appeals, which specifically found Ohio’s former child enticement law statute unconstitutional because of its lack of an “illicit intent” provision.

“It is our responsibility to address areas within the law that can be strengthened for the safety of Ohio’s most vulnerable population – our children,” said Manning.
The controversy surrounding the law began with an Akron-based case, which established that the law’s overbroad language made no distinction between a person possessing unlawful intent toward a child and a parent who simply offers a ride home to their child’s friend.  Therefore, the law “sweeps within its prohibitions a significant amount of constitutionally protected activity.”
“The Ohio Supreme Court’s decision today reaffirms that the legislature’s quick action to replace an old and overbroad statute is a critical measure for protecting our children now and in the future,” Manning added.
Manning sponsored the legislation with State Senator Bill Beagle (R–Tipp City).

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