COLUMBUS—State Rep. H. Gilson Blair (D-Weathersfield) today announced the passage of House Bill (HB) 421, his bipartisan legislation with Rep. J. Todd Smith (R-Farmersville) to provide immunity to municipalities and counties for the actions of hospital police departments.

“These hospital departments provide a valuable service to their facilities and also free up resources for local police and sheriff’s departments” said Blair. “It is important that local governments be able to enter memorandums of understanding without fear of liability over which they have no control.”

When hospitals set up their own police departments, they enter into memorandums of understanding with the local police department. This allows the hospital to operate a police department; however, the local police department has no control over the hospital officers. HB 421 would ensure that municipalities and counties are not held liable for the actions of a hospital police department, which they have no control over. HB 421 does not take away civil or criminal liability from hospital police officers.

After passing the Ohio House, HB 421 now heads to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.


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