State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) applauded the Ohio House’s passage of House Bill 270. The legislation, sponsored by Representatives Jonathan Dever (R-Madeira) and Dorothy Pelanda (R-Marysville), expands the definition of involuntary manslaughter in response to Ohio’s opioid epidemic.

House Bill 270 would alter the definition of involuntary manslaughter to include the contribution to the death of another as a result of the offender’s illegal sale, distribution, dispensation, or administration of a controlled substance.

“House Bill 270 is another step in the right direction to combat the drug epidemic that has plagued our state for far too long,” Rep. Anielski said.  “I am happy to support legislation that will hold those who deal and dispense these illegal controlled substances responsible.”

Under the bill, the new definition of involuntary manslaughter would be a felony, eligible for a prison sentence up to 20 years or a fine of up to $10,000. The judge also has the discretion to alternatively impose a community control sanction if certain factors are met.

House Bill 270 now awaits consideration by the Ohio Senate.

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