COLUMBUS—State Senator Larry Obhof (R-Medina) announced today that the Senate passed legislation that would impose harsher mandatory penalties against offenders who cause permanent disabling harm to their victims.

Senate Bill 20 would require courts to impose an additional mandatory prison term of 3 to 8 years if an individual is convicted of, or pleads guilty to, felony child endangering or felonious assault that resulted in permanent disabling harm.

"This legislation will ensure that violent offenders receive punishments that fit their crimes," said Obhof, who co-sponsored the bill. "If you commit a heinous act that disables a child, you will face serious time."

Improving Fiscal Recovery Pathways for Local Governments

The Senate also approved legislation today improving Ohio's Local Government Fiscal Distress Commission laws, which seeks to strike a balance between local involvement and constructive oversight.

Senate Bill 88 revises the fiscal emergency procedures for local governments to ensure that financial planning and supervisory commissions are adequately empowered to restore fiscal stability. The bill’s provisions include recommendations from Ohio Auditor Dave Yost.

"This legislation provides additional controls and resources to our local governments so that they can better ensure fiscal stability," said Obhof, who co-sponsored the bill.

Senate Bill 20 and Senate Bill 88 now both proceed to the Ohio House of Representatives where they will receive further consideration.
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