State Representative Mark Romanchuk (R-Ontario) 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.

“Protecting the young people in our schools should be paramount,” Rep. Romanchuk said. “House Bill 215 allows for one more option that schools can consider when putting safety plans in place.”

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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