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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PHOTO: Manning Recognized As "Legislator Of The Year" By Ohio Alliance Of Recovery Providers

 

"I am honored and humbled to receive this award today, and am grateful for the hard work of many coalitions and stakeholders who I have collaborated with on these issues," said Senator Manning. "It takes more than just one person to tackle the challenges Ohio faces, and I am fortunate to work alongside people in our community who are full of passion and caring."



 
 

Historic Congressional Redistricting Reform Plan Passes Ohio Senate With Bipartisan Support

 

COLUMBUS—State Senator Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville) announced that this week the Ohio Senate passed a plan to reform the process for drawing Ohio’s congressional districts with unanimous, bipartisan support. The passage of Substitute Senate Joint Resolution 5 follows weeks of negotiations between the leadership of both parties in the General Assembly and various redistricting reform coalitions.



 
 

PHOTO: Manning Honored For Efforts To Improve Addiction And Mental Health Services In Ohio

 

"I am honored to receive this award today— the goal of our work at the Statehouse is to support our local communities," said Senator Manning. "Our mental health professionals and law enforcement officials need the flexibility and training to effectively deliver critical services and carry out their missions." 



 
 

ADVISORY: Manning Welcomes Local Residents To Attend District Office Hours In Wellington

 

"Office hours are an opportunity for me to connect with constituents in the communities where they live, work and raise their families," said Manning. "Effectively serving as your voice in the Ohio Statehouse requires, most importantly, a commitment to listening and understanding your concerns."