State Rep. Jack Cera (D- Bellaire), the newly appointed Assistant Minority Whip in the Ohio House of Representatives, last week voted in support of House Bill (HB) 317, legislation to allow parents and guardians to freeze the credit of young children. The bill, co-sponsored by Cera, is designed to protect minors from identity theft. 

“Sadly, we live in a high-tech world where criminals have easy access to personal information. Tech-savvy thieves can steal the credit of young children and use their social security numbers for years without getting caught,” said Cera. “This proposal will help protect our children from having their credit score ruined years before they are even old enough to start building one.” 

According the Ohio Attorney General’s office, one in forty households with minor children under the age of 18 has experienced identity theft. In addition, research conducted by Carnegie Mellon University that examined over 40,000 children found ten percent of their Social Security numbers had been illegally used. 

HB 317 passed the House with unanimous support and now goes to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

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