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Bills on Health and Safety - 131st General Assembly
Legislative Summaries

House Bill 1 - HB 1 grants several new protections to victims of domestic violence in Ohio. Namely, the Court of Common pleas would be authorized to issue a civil domestic violence protection order for a dating partner of a person who commits domestic violence. Law enforcement agencies would be required to maintain an index of dating partner protection orders and consent agreements provided by the courts, which is crucial to enforcement of the protection orders. Under the bill, the Attorney General would be required to include in the crime victims' bill or rights pamphlet notice of the right of a dating partner who is a victim of domestic violence to a protection order. Dating partners who are victims of domestic violence would be provided access to domestic violence shelters. The legislation was introduced in the previous General Assembly and passed in the Ohio House, however the bill was not passed in the Senate during lame duck. HB 1 passed unanimously in the House this year and is currently under consideration in the Senate. It is expected to pass the Senate in the near future.