State Representative Christina Hagan (R-Alliance) has announced that the Ohio House of Representatives voted to pass legislation that would enhance the safety of children while at school. The legislation, House Bill 215, is known as the Law Officer Volunteers in Education (LOVE) Program.

The legislation allows current or retired law enforcement officers to volunteer in schools and patrol the premises in order to prevent or respond to a mass casualty event.

"This initiative will be an excellent tool for our schools to use in collaboration with local law enforcement to protect the students in our communities,” Rep. Hagan said. “The safety and lives of our children should be a top priority and I am glad to see we are moving forward on this issue."
Participation of officers in the LOVE Program would be on a volunteer basis only, with each participant undergoing a criminal records check every five years at the officer’s own expense. County sheriffs will maintain a list of current and retired officers who qualify.

House Bill 215 also provides the officers with a nonrefundable personal income tax credit of $2 for each hour that they volunteer, not to exceed $500 in a year.

The bill will now move to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

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