Antonio Announces Bipartisan Bill To Modernize State Domestic Violence Laws Clears Ohio House
Ohio could join 48 states in protecting victims of dating violence under HB 1
 
 

State Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) today announced the recent House passage of House Bill (HB) 1, bipartisan legislation to modernize Ohio’s domestic violence laws. Joint-sponsored by Rep. Nathan Manning (R-N. Ridgeville), HB 1 will allow victims of dating violence to obtain civil protective orders against their attacker, a protection currently allowed in every state except Ohio and Georgia.


“I am proud to co-sponsor and cast a yes vote in support of this important measure to protect victims of domestic violence,” said Antonio. “No person should have to live in fear of their significant other, and this bill closes the legal loophole that left thousands without protection.”


Current Ohio law only recognizes domestic violence as violence occurring between spouses, those cohabiting or family members. HB 1, which passed the House yesterday by a 92-2 vote, will include individuals in ongoing, substantial, intimate and romantic relationships under Ohio’s definition, providing those victims access to essential protection.


“While this legislation is an important step forward, there is still more work to be done,” said Antonio. “I will continue to work across the aisle to strengthen Ohio’s domestic violence protections even further by keeping weapons out of the hands of repeat offenders.”


Rep. Antonio has previously sponsored legislation to protect victims of domestic violence from gun violence by requiring individuals convicted of a domestic violence crime or served with a civil protection order to turn over their firearms to law enforcement. She plans to continue her work on this issue during the 132nd General Assembly.

 
 
 
  
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Antonio Responds To Latest Ohio Opioid Crisis Report

 

The lead Democrat on the Ohio House’s Health Committee, Democratic Whip and state Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood), today responded to the latest dire report on Ohio’s statewide opioid overdose and addiction emergency.

The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences released the report “Taking Measure of Ohio’s Opioid Crisis” Tuesday, highlighting the grim realities many in the state are experiencing, but also making a case for greater treatment access and expanded educational and economic opportunities for Ohioans.

“This report confirms that treatment is necessary to stem the tide of this opioid crisis, and clearly we do not have enough treatment options currently available,” said Antonio. “We can do better. We must do better. Taxpayers deserve better economic opportunities, a strong and affordable educational foundation, and greater access to healthcare services – all things that we know will prevent opioid addiction and abuse.”

The report points to low education levels and limited job opportunities as central underlying causes of opioid abuse.