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House Bill 347 Aims to Reform Ohio Civil Asset Forfeiture Law

Carrying a large amount of cash is risky. The fear of theft or losing the money is palpable, but new, unlikely culprits have emerged — culprits with a badge and a gun. In recent years, thousands of people nationwide have forfeited large amounts of cash and other property seized by the police without an arrest,…
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Pro-Marijuana Committee Collecting Signatures to Change Expungement Law

A pro-marijuana organization in Ohio plans to begin collecting signatures for a proposed law that would allow certain cannabis crimes to be expunged once the controlled substance becomes legal in The Buckeye State. ResponsibleOhio, a political action committee trying to legalize medical and recreational marijuana in Ohio, has drafted what is referred to as the…
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Ohio House Bill to Change Police Requirements and Increase Training

The Ohio House approved a bill this week that would change the requirements to become a law enforcement officer in the state and increase the number of training hours applicants must complete. The bill, introduced by Republican representatives Tim Derickson of Oxford and Nathan Manning of North Ridgeville, was aimed at improving relationships between local police…
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Proposed Bills Aim to Change Heroin Laws and Decrease Overdoses in Ohio

Lawmakers in Ohio are proposing legislation this session aimed at curbing the use of heroin and the abuse of some medically prescribed drugs with the goal of reducing the number of drug overdoses in the state. One bill directly related to overdoses is the Good Samaritan Bill. The bill, according to Cincinnati.com, would prevent law…
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Proposed Ohio Bill Would Allow Concealed Carry Without Permits

Ohio legislators have proposed a bill earlier this legislative session that would allow some residents in the state to carry a concealed firearm without a permit and without the appropriate training. According to Cleveland.com, House Bill 147 would allow anyone age 21 or older in Ohio to carry any concealed firearm not specifically banned by…
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Proposed Bill Could Increase Prison Sentences for Violent Crimes and Firearm Offenses in Ohio

A bill proposed in the Ohio Legislature is seeking to implement additional prison sentences for repeat violent offenders and those convicted of firearm offenses. Senate Bill 97, which is sponsored by state Sen. Jim Hughes and Sen. Frank LaRose, will allow the state to actively decrease the number of violent repeat offenders, Hughes said. According…
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Proposed Bill Could Change Regulations for Concealed-Handgun Permits

New legislation passed in the Ohio Senate could create substantial changes in the state’s rules and procedures for issuing concealed-handgun permits if the law is signed into effect by the governor. House Bill 234, as approved by the Senate, ultimately would make it easier for Ohio residents to legally carry a concealed weapon. The bill…
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