COLUMBUS - 

Yesterday, the Ohio Senate Criminal Justice Committee heard sponsor testimony for Sub. House Bill 74. The legislation seeks to expand the offenses of “menacing by stalking” and “telecommunications harassment,” a bill that arose from 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. Sub House Bill 74, sponsored by State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills), adds the immediate family members of the person to the prohibition.


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.


Sub. House Bill 74 passed out of the Ohio House with overwhelming support.

 
 
 
  
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