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Rep. O'Brien's bill permitting township police to enforce laws on local interstates passes Ohio House

HB 206 allows township police departments to respond to emergencies
May 12, 2021
Michael J. O'Brien News

COLUMBUS— Today, State Rep. Michael J. O’Brien (D-Warren) applauded the Ohio House passage of House Bill (HB) 206, which he jointly sponsored with Rep. Haraz N. Ghanbari (R-Perrysburg).  This legislation grants township trustees the permissive authority to allow their township police officers to enforce Ohio’s laws on the interstate highways in their jurisdiction.  

“I am very pleased that the Ohio House of Representatives passed HB 206, which enhances the safety of our township residents when they’re on local interstates,” said Rep. O’Brien.

Current law does not permit townships with less than 50,000 residents to make arrests, enforce laws or issue traffic citations on the interstate.  HB 206 changes that law for townships between 5,000 and 50,000 residents if township trustees in those jurisdictions grant this authority by resolution.  Township trustees may also revoke the resolution should the need arise.  Any speed fines collected will be paid to the county treasury for highway maintenance and repair within that particular county.  

HB 206 will now go to the Ohio Senate for further deliberations.