Today, Rep. Jessica E. Miranda (D-Forest Park) applauded the House passage of House Bill (HB) 93, legislation to modify the state’s address confidentiality program (Safe at Home), a long-held Democratic priority that allows victims of domestic violence, stalking, rape, human trafficking, or sexual battery who fear for their safety to keep their address confidential and out of the public record.
“This modification to Ohio’s Safe at Home program is a win for victims of domestic and sexual violence,” said Rep. Miranda. “While there is still much more we must do to provide protections and justice to survivors, this legislation brings Ohio closer to the promise that everyone can live here safely and securely.”
HB 93 would eliminate the requirement that a program applicant be changing residences in order to be eligible for the program, require the Secretary of State to process applications within 10 business days, as well as several other changes to improve the program.
Former Democratic Rep. Kathleen Chandler and then-Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner championed the initial version of the bill to create the Address Confidentiality Program, which passed the House in 2010. That measure failed to pass the Senate. Democratic Rep. Kathleen Clyde carried the bill until the passage and enactment of Safe at Home in 2016.
HB 93 now moves to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.