COLUMBUS—The Ohio House of Representatives passed legislation today, sponsored by State Senators Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville) and Kevin Bacon(R-Minerva Park), that would strengthen existing laws so that offenders who avoid service of a protection order and knowingly violate the terms of the order can be prosecuted.

"Eliminating such loopholes in the existing law will help protect victims and better equip law enforcement to deal with these offenders who evade delivery of protection orders," said Manning. "Approval of this measure in the House is a victory for those who fear for themselves and their loved ones, and we are optimistic that the governor will sign this important bill into law."

Senate Bill 7 would overturn an Ohio Supreme Court ruling (State v. Smith-2008-1781) which determined that current statute does not permit prosecution in cases where the offender knowingly violated a protection order but did not receive formal service prior to the violation.

Senate Bill 7 now goes to Governor John Kasich to be signed into law. 

 
 
 
  
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"There are loopholes in the current law that this legislation helps to eliminate, in order to protect victims of domestic violence, making it clear, that if a protection order is deliberately violated, the violator could be prosecuted," said Senator Manning, who jointly sponsored Senate Bill 7. 



 
 

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COLUMBUS—State Senator Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville) is welcoming area residents to join her during district office hours on Monday, November 27, 2017 in Amherst, Ohio.



 
 

A Veterans Day Salute To Our Service Members

 

The brave men and women who have served in our Armed Forces are always deserving of thanks. We owe them gratitude every day, every month, and every year. This Veterans Day, I want to take this opportunity to pay special tribute to veterans in Ohio and across the country.