Bill Status Report
Tracking group: Women
DATING PROTECTION ORDERS (Sykes, E., Manning, N.)
To authorize the issuance of dating violence protection orders with respect to conduct directed at a petitioner alleging dating violence, to provide access to domestic violence shelters for victims of dating violence, and to require the Attorney General's victim's bill of rights pamphlet to include a notice that a petitioner alleging dating violence has the right to petition for a civil protection order.
Committee Hearing in Senate Judiciary (6/13/2017; CONTINUED (See separate story))
COMPENSATORY DAMAGES (Gonzales, A., Boggs, K.)
To remove the cap on the amount of compensatory damages that represents damages for noneconomic loss that is recoverable in a tort action when the tort action is brought by a victim of rape, felonious assault, aggravated assault, assault, or negligent assault.
Referred in House (2/8/2017; Government Accountability & Oversight)
HUMAN TRAFFICKING (Dever, J., Gavarone, T.)
To permit a person who is found not guilty or is the defendant in a dismissed case to apply for an expungement of the person's records in the case if the complaint, indictment, or finding of not guilty resulted from the applicant having been a victim of human trafficking, to permit a person convicted of certain prostitution-related offenses to apply for the expungement of any record of conviction of an offense, with certain exceptions, if the person's participation in the offense was a result of having been a victim of human trafficking, and to authorize intervention in lieu of conviction for persons charged with committing an offense while a victim of compelling prostitution.
Committee Hearing in House Criminal Justice (5/16/2017; CONTINUED-AMENDED)
PRISON TERMS (Hughes, J.)
To require an additional prison term for felonious assault of 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, or 20 years if the offender also is convicted of a specification that charges that the harm caused by the violation resulted in a permanent, serious disfigurement or substantial incapacity or that the offender used an accelerant in committing the violation and to name the act's provisions "Judy's Law."
Signed by the Governor (7/17/2017; Signed: July 17, 2017)
VOYEURISM (Anielski, M.)
To include an impaired person as a potential victim of voyeurism, to include conduct involving an impaired person within the offenses of pandering obscenity involving a minor, pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor, and illegal use of a minor in a nudity-oriented material or performance, and to prohibit an owner, operator, administrator, or employee of a care facility from creating, sharing, reproducing, or publishing any image of a care facility resident without a proper purpose and without prior written consent from the resident.
Committee Hearing in Senate Judiciary (11/14/2017; CONTINUED-AMENDED)
SEX OFFENSES (Hughes, J.)
To increase the penalty for sexual imposition when the offender previously has been convicted or pleaded guilty three or more times of any of several specified sex offenses and to repeal the corroboration requirement for a sexual imposition conviction.
Committee Hearing in House Criminal Justice (3/28/2017; CONTINUED (See separate story))
SEX OFFENSES (Johnson, G., Boggs, K.)
To eliminate the spousal exceptions for the offenses of rape, sexual battery, unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, gross sexual imposition, sexual imposition, importuning, and public indecency and to permit a person to testify against the person's spouse in a prosecution for any of those offenses.
Committee Hearing in House Criminal Justice (3/21/2017; CONTINUED)
DISCRIMINATION (Antonio, N.)
To enact the Ohio Fairness Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression, to add mediation to the list of informal methods by which the Ohio Civil Rights Commission may use to induce compliance with Ohio's Civil Rights Law before instituting a formal hearing, and to uphold existing religious exemptions under Ohio's Civil Rights Law.
Committee Hearing in House Government Accountability & Oversight (6/7/2017; CONTINUED (See separate story))
To require a contractor or person submitting a bid or other proposal for a state contract or a business entity applying for a grant or other economic incentive from a state agency to obtain an equal pay certificate, to require state agencies and political subdivisions to establish a job evaluation system to identify and eliminate sex-based wage disparities among classes of employees, and to prohibit an employer from retaliating against an employee who discusses the employee's salary or wage rate with another employee.
Referred in House (5/1/2017; Government Accountability & Oversight)
ABORTION (LaTourette, S., Merrin, D.)
To prohibit a person from performing, inducing, or attempting to perform or induce an abortion on a pregnant woman who is seeking the abortion because an unborn child has or may have Down Syndrome.
Referred in Senate (11/15/2017; Health, Human Services & Medicaid)
REPRODUCTIVE CARE (Howse, S., Lepore-Hagan, M.)
To criminalize impeding access to reproductive health care and to create a cause of action for harassment or intimidation of one or more employees of a health care facility.
Committee Hearing in House Criminal Justice (11/1/2017; CONTINUED)
MONTH DESIGNATION (Barnes, J.)
To enact the "Respect Your Date Act" to designate the month of April as "Respect Your Date Month" and to require each state institution of higher education to adopt a policy regarding dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and rape on campus and to declare an emergency.
Committee Hearing in House Higher Education & Workforce Development (10/25/2017; CONTINUED (No testimony))
DRUG COVERAGE (Antonio, N., Lepore-Hagan, M.)
Regarding coverage for prescription contraceptive drugs and devices, the provision of certain hospital and pregnancy prevention services for victims of sexual assault, the dispensing of hormonal contraceptives to adults without a prescription, and comprehensive sexual health and sexually transmitted infection education in schools.
Referred in House (6/6/2017; Health)
LEAD SAFETY (Merrin, D.)
To enact the Lead Safety and Uniformity Act to provide that the state, acting through the Department of Health, has the sole and exclusive authority to compel, prohibit, license, or regulate lead abatement activities in Ohio.
Referred in House (9/12/2017; Health)
PROTECTION ORDERS (Antonio, N., Boyd, J.)
To require a court that issues a protection order to determine if the respondent is prohibited from carrying or possessing a firearm, to require a court to determine whether an offender who has been convicted of specified offenses is prohibited from carrying or possessing a firearm, and to require a respondent or offender who the court determines is prohibited from carrying or possessing a firearm to transfer all firearms in the person's possession to a law enforcement agency or a federally licensed firearms dealer.
Referred in House (9/12/2017; Federalism & Interstate Relations)
PAROLE MONITORING (Hughes, J., Boggs, K.)
To provide for indefinite prison terms for first or second degree felonies and specified third degree felonies, with presumptive release of offenders sentenced to such a term at the end of the minimum term; to generally allow the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction to reduce the minimum term for exceptional conduct or adjustment to incarceration; to allow the Department to rebut the release presumption and keep the offender in prison up to the maximum term if it makes specified findings; to require the Department to establish a reentry program for all offenders released from prison who it intends to have reside in a halfway house or similar facility but who are not accepted by any such facility; to require the Adult Parole Authority to establish maximum work-load and case-load standards for its parole and field officers and have enough trained officers to comply with the standards; to require that GPS monitoring used for offenders released from prison under such monitoring specify restrictions, including inclusionary zones and necessary exclusionary zones; to require the Department to establish system requirements for GPS monitoring of such offenders by the Department or third-party contract administrators; to require the Department to operate a statewide database for law enforcement use containing specified information about such offenders; to require that third-party administrators for GPS monitoring under a new contract with the Department provide and use a law enforcement-accessible crime scene correlation program; and to name the act's provisions the Reagan Tokes Act.
Committee Hearing in House Criminal Justice (11/1/2017; CONTINUED (See separate story))
WAGE INFORMATION (West, T.)
To prohibit a state agency from preventing an employee from discussing the employee's own wages or another employee's wages, to prohibit a state agency from seeking a prospective employee's wage or salary history, to prohibit retaliation against an employee who discusses wages or opposes a prohibited act or practice, and to create the Wage Disparity Study Committee.
Referred in House (10/31/2017; Economic Development, Commerce & Labor)
HUMAN TRAFFICKING (Kunze, S., Oelslager, S.)
To allow a person who is found not guilty of an offense or who is the defendant named in a dismissed criminal charge to apply for a court order to expunge the person's official records in the case if the charge or not guilty finding was the result of the applicant having been a human trafficking victim, to allow a person convicted of certain prostitution-related offenses to apply for the expungement of the conviction record of any offense, other than a specified disqualifying offense, the person's participation in which was a result of having been a human trafficking victim, and to allow intervention in lieu of conviction for persons charged with committing an offense while a victim of compelling prostitution.
Committee Hearing in House Criminal Justice (9/19/2017; CONTINUED)
PROTECTION ORDERS (Bacon, K., Manning, G.)
To provide the circumstances when service of a protection order or consent agreement upon a person is not necessary for the person to be convicted of the offense of violating a protection order.
Signed by the Governor (6/28/2017; Signed: June 28, 2017)
DOMESTIC WORKERS (Tavares, C.)
To require that domestic workers be paid the higher of the minimum wage provided in Section 34a of Article II, Ohio Constitution, or the minimum wage provided in the Fair Labor Standards Act, to require that domestic workers be paid overtime wages, to make certain conduct directed toward a domestic worker an unlawful discriminatory practice, and to require a weekly day of rest for domestic workers.
Referred in Senate (2/1/2017; Transportation, Commerce & Workforce)
MINIMUM WAGE (Yuko, K.)
To raise the minimum wage; to eliminate the prohibition against political subdivisions establishing a different minimum wage; to raise the salary threshold above which certain employees are exempt from the overtime law; and to create a uniform standard to determine whether an individual performing services for an employer is an employee of that employer.
Referred in Senate (2/8/2017; Transportation, Commerce & Workforce)
TESTIMONIAL PRIVILEGE (Eklund, J.)
To provide generally a testimonial privilege for communications between a qualified advocate rendering advocacy services and a victim of sexual violence, menacing by stalking, or domestic violence, to exempt the nondisclosure of that privileged communication from the offense of failure to report a crime, to require a qualified advocate to report knowledge or reasonable suspicion of child abuse or neglect of the victim except for privileged communications, and to specify circumstances in which the victim is considered to have waived the privilege.
Referred in Senate (2/15/2017; Judiciary)
EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES (Skindell, M.)
To regulate certain employment practices of formula retail establishment employers, food services establishment employers, and contractors and to require the purchaser of a formula retail establishment or food services establishment to retain certain employees of the establishment on transfer of ownership.
Referred in Senate (4/26/2017; Transportation, Commerce & Workforce)
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE (Brown, E.)
To prohibit a person convicted of domestic violence or assault of a family member, or a person subject to certain protection orders, from having a firearm; to establish a procedure for surrendering all firearms in the person's
possession; and to name the act the "Domestic Violence Survivors Protection Act."
Committee Hearing in Senate Judiciary (10/3/2017; CONTINUED)
RETIREMENT BENEFITS (Hite, C.)
To permit, rather than require, the School Employees Retirement System to grant annual cost-of-living adjustments to retirement, disability, and survivor benefit recipients and to reduce the maximum amount of the adjustment.
Committee Hearing in Senate Insurance & Financial Institutions (6/20/2017; CONTINUED)
PROTECTION ORDERS (Hottinger, J.)
To increase the penalty that applies to the offense of violating a protection order under certain circumstances and to require electronic monitoring of those convicted of violating certain protection orders to be carried out by probation agencies.
Committee Hearing in Senate Judiciary (11/14/2017; CONTINUED-AMENDED (See separate story))
PRISON TERMS (Bacon, K., O'Brien, S.)
To provide for indefinite prison terms for first or second degree felonies and specified third degree felonies, with presumptive release of offenders sentenced to such a term at the end of the minimum term; to generally allow the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction to reduce the minimum term for exceptional conduct or adjustment to incarceration; to allow the Department to rebut the release presumption and keep the offender in prison up to the maximum term if it makes specified findings; and to name the act's provisions the Reagan Tokes Law.
Committee Hearing in Senate Government Oversight & Reform (11/1/2017; CONTINUED-See separate story)