Friday Bill Round-Up: Bullies, Vicious Dogs and More

Each Friday, we highlight some of the bills and resolutions introduced in the Ohio Legislature in the past week. For question about these bills, or to see the full list, contact Laura Dixon-Caldwell.

Animals

HB 352-Dog Law Revision

This bill would amend the definition of a vicious dog, and establish training and new procedures for dog wardens.

Automobiles

SB 194-Towing Requirements 

Senate bill 194 require only one notice to be sent to a vehicle owner and any known lienholder after a vehicle is towed from a private tow-away zone.

Criminal Law 

HB355-Sexting 

House bill 355 would prohibit sexting under age 21.

HB 348-Fentanyl Trafficking Penalties 

This bill would increase penalties for trafficking in Fentanyl, making it the same as trafficking in heroin, and make possession of Fentanyl a third degree felony.

HB 349-Assaulting Police Animal

House bill 349 would increase the penalties for assaulting a police animal and expand the law to cover search and rescue dogs and horses.

SB 196-Aggravated Bullying 

Senate bill 196 would create a new juvenile offense, "aggravated bullying" which would be a third degree misdemeanor. A companion bill, SB 197, would create tiered disciplinary procedure for harassment, intimidation, or bullying in school.

Elder Law

SB 193-Long Term Care Inspection

This bill would create a long-term care inspection committee. The committee would be under the supervision of the Legislative Service Commission and would conduct an inspection of each long-term care facility each biennium.

Family Law

SB 198-Marriage Age 

Senate bill 198 would raise the minimum age for marriage to 18, or 16 with parental or judicial consent.