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Rep. West reintroduces several bipartisan bills

Bills focus on criminal justice, police training and tax relief for working people and businesses
February 5, 2021
Thomas West News

State Rep. Thomas E. West (D-Canton) today announced the formal re-introduction and referral to committee of three bipartisan bills he worked on in the 133rd General Assembly, including:

·         House Bill (HB) 8, jointly sponsored with Rep. Phil Plummer (R-Dayton), which would require the recording of most custodial interrogations. HB 8 has been referred to the House Criminal Justice Committee;

·         HB 23, also jointly sponsored with Rep. Plummer, which would require that police officers and EMS personnel be trained on interacting with Ohioans with dementia. HB 23 has been referred to the House Commerce and Labor Committee;

·         HB 45, jointly sponsored with Rep. Bill Roemer (R-Richfield), would establish a temporary tax amnesty program for individuals and businesses who are delinquent on their taxes. HB 45 has been referred to the House Ways and Means Committee.

The House overwhelmingly passed all three bills in their previous versions last year, but stalled at various stages before they could be sent to the governor’s office to be signed into law. West believes these bills have a real chance at becoming law this time around.

“Today, we’re setting out to finish the job to get these commonsense bills through the legislative process and onto the governor’s desk. We have tremendous support on both sides of the aisle and from our dedicated stakeholders who have worked diligently alongside us. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the House and Senate to pass these bills to reform our criminal justice system, better train our law enforcement officers and bring needed relief to working people and businesses,” said Rep. West.

Now that the bills have been referred, they await hearings from the respective committees.