State Senator Larry Obhof (R-Medina) today announced the Senate's passage of legislation allowing parents to freeze their child's credit record in order to protect minors from becoming victims of identity theft.

Current law allows Ohioans to freeze their own credit, but not for parents or legal guardians to do so on behalf of their minor children. House Bill 317, co-sponsored by Senator Obhof, would allow parents to take preventative steps to improve their child's financial security. 

"This bill helps better equip parents to protect their children from the looming danger of identity theft," said Obhof.

Ohio will join 23 other states in adopting such credit protections for minors.

House Bill 317 passed the Senate by a unanimous vote of 32-0, and now goes to the governor for his signature. 

In other business, the Senate passed legislation updating retirement plan options for non-teaching university employees of the University of Akron. That bill, House Bill 305, co-sponsored by Senator Obhof, also expands the availability of certain benefits for officers and deputies, or their families, through the Volunteer Police Officer’s Dependent Fund. 

The Senate passed legislation last October, establishing the fund. House Bill 305 will retroactively extend eligibility to survivors of volunteer peace officers killed in the line of duty on or after December 22, 2015 (instead of March 23, 2016). 

House Bill 305 will now return to the House of Representatives for a concurrence vote on the Senate's amendments, and will then go to the Governor for his signature. 

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