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Rep. Leland encourages colleagues to consider bipartisan nuisance bill

Legislation will protect Ohio neighborhoods by adding acts of violence to code enforcement toolbox
September 28, 2015
David Leland News

State Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus) and Rep. Stephanie Kunze (R-Hilliard) will give sponsor testimony in front of the Judiciary Committee this week on House Bill 126, bipartisan legislation to allow law and code enforcement officials to use acts of violence in court cases that are brought against nuisance properties. 

“Law enforcement officers should have the tools they need to protect us and help citizens take back their neighborhoods,” said Leland. “By adding acts of violence into the nuisance definition in the Ohio Revised Code, we will provide a much-needed resource to law enforcement, making communities across Ohio safer.”

This issue came to the forefront in Franklin County earlier this year with the high-profile closing of an after-hours club in the Northland area that was the site of at least one shooting death. Several Northland community liaison officers have since called for a change to the current nuisance laws, which give greater weight to alcohol sales and illegal drug purchases rather than assaults and shootings.

The Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hold its first hearing on House Bill 126 on Tuesday, September 28 at 3:30 in hearing room 116 in the Statehouse.