Recognizing of the ordeals suffered by Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry, and Gina DeJesus, Ohio House Representatives John Barnes & minority whip Cheryl Grossman yesterday introduced a bill that would:
-- award at least twenty-five thousand dollars per year from the court of claims victims of crime fund to any survivor of abduction who was abducted for a period of eight years or more; to award free tuition at any state university or college to any such survivor of abduction; to seek a waiver from the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services for medical assistance to be provided for any such survivor of abduction for the duration of the survivor's lifetime.
Provisions of the bill would be named The Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry, and Gina DeJesus Survivors of Abduction Act. (HB 197)
Persons eligible would be “any of persons claiming an award of reparations under Sections 2743.51 to 2743.72 of the Revised Code."