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Study and implement professional police practices (HB 703 – Plummer and Abrams)

HB 703 is a placeholder bill for future reforms to policing practices in Ohio. While the bill currently described that it “expresses the intent of the General Assembly to study and implement professional police practices in Ohio,” the language is expected to be completely replaced by a substitute bill later this year or created as a new bill in early 2021.

The bill was referred to the House State and Local Government Committee for future hearings.

OAJ’s new Civil Rights Law Section is reviewing the bill.

Create offense of strangulation by a law enforcement officer (HB 716 – Lapore-Hagan and Galonski)

HB 716 would create a third-degree felony offense of strangulation by a law enforcement officer. Though the bill was introduced in July, the House State and Local Government Committee has not yet heard this bill.

OAJ’s new Civil Rights Law Section is reviewing the bill.

Create civil action for police-civil rights/false complaint (SB 359 – Schaffer)

SB 359 would create a civil action for a law enforcement officer who suffers loss as a result of a person filing a known false complaint of allegations of misconduct. Additionally, the bill increases penalties for “felonious assault” and “assault” if the victim is an emergency service responder in the performance of their duties.

The bill received sponsor testimony in the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 23, 2020.

OAJ’s new Civil Rights Law Section is reviewing the bill.

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