Monday, March 04, 2013

Recently introduced Ohio legislation

Ohio Senate Bill 44, introduced back on Feb. 20 and now in the Criminal Justice Committee , seeks to authorize the civil commitment of sexually violent predators,require sexually violent predators who are released from prison be monitored by global positioning system devices, and require those prisoners so released to pay the cost of monitoring by global positioning system devices if they are able.

House Bill 87, introduced last Wednesday, February 27, 2013, would amend sections 2950.01, 2950.11, 2950.12, and 2950.13 of the Revised Code to provide notice to long-term care facilities when Tier III or similar categories of sex offender/child-victim offenders indicate an intent to reside in that facility or registers an address within the specified geographical notification area which includes the facility, and to amend the versions of sections 2950.11 and 2950.13 of the Revised Code scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2014.

And House Bill 86, also introduced on Feb. 27, would create Revised Code Sec. 3109.054. which would provide that:
(A) In any divorce, legal separation, or annulment proceeding and in any proceeding pertaining to the allocation of parental rights and responsibilities for the care of a child in which the court becomes aware of facts that may indicate that there is a risk of abduction of a child by one parent, the court shall, on its own motion or upon the motion of either parent, determine whether measures are needed to prevent the abduction of the child by one parent.

To make that determination, the court shall consider the following:
(1) The risk of abduction of the child;
(2) Obstacles to the location, recovery, and return of the child if abducted;
(3) Potential harm to the child if the child is abducted.

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