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.


-30-

 
 
 
  
Featured Posts

Dem Lawmakers Celebrate Passage Of The PRO Act

 

State Reps. H. Gilson Blair (D-Weathersfield) and Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) celebrated the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of the PRO Act, H.R. 2474 today, which would protect workers’ right to organize. The bill would give millions of workers additional protections to organize and negotiate for better pay, better benefits and safer working conditions. 



 
 

Mahoning Valley Lawmakers Press White House On GM Lordstown Facility

 

State Reps. H. Gilson Blair (D-Weathersfield) and Michael O’Brien (D-Warren) today announced a recent conference call with Trump administration officials in response to their repeated attempts to urge the Trump administration to assist them in bringing General Motors back to Lordstown, Ohio.



 
 

Rep. Blair: Misguided Bailout Costly For Consumers, Ohio's Clean Energy Future

 

State Rep. H. Gilson Blair (D-Weathersfield) today issued a statement in opposition to House Bill (HB) 6, a Republican-sponsored bill to bail out Ohio’s nuclear power plants and subsidize two additional coal-fired power plants that service the state. The bill guts Ohio’s renewable and energy efficiency standards, and a leading economist has said that HB 6 will hinder job growth in the state.