COLUMBUS - 

Yesterday, the Ohio House Judiciary Committee heard sponsor testimony for House Bill 74. This legislation seeks to expand the offenses of “menacing by stalking” and “telecommunications harassment” due to a Broadview Heights constituent’s situation.


Under current law, it is prohibited to cause another person to believe that the offender will cause physical harm or mental distress to the other person. House Bill 74, sponsored by State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Independence), adds the immediate family members of the person to the prohibition and includes causing “emotional distress” to the description.


The legislation also would prevent someone from urging or inciting another to commit a violation of menacing by stalking through any form of written communication, including the use of a telecommunications device or using any intentionally written or verbal graphic gestures. Existing law prevents a person from remotely transferring information through any electronic method, predominantly focused around the use of computers, to incite another to commit a violation.


“This bill brings some of our current laws on menacing and stalking up to date and will provide more peace of mind to the victims and families of those who have experienced these terrible situations,” Representative Anielski said.


Representative Anielski was interviewed by Kevin Landers from Columbus 10 TV News about the need for House Bill 74. For more information on this legislation and to watch the television interview, visit http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/ and http://www.10tv.com/content/stories/2013/02/27/columbus-lawmakers-want-to-make-it-easier-to-charge-those-who-threaten-via-phone-computer.html.

 
 
 
  
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