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Rep. Brent applauds House passage of bill to modify address confidentiality program to better protect survivors of violence

February 26, 2021
Juanita O. Brent News

COLUMBUS— Today, Rep. Juanita O. Brent (D-Cleveland) 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. 

“House Bill 93 helps us keep our Ohio Promise that you can live with safety and security in the State of Ohio,” said Rep. Brent. “Survivors of domestic violence or rape should not have to be concerned with being re-victimized, especially during the most dangerous time in their lives as they move towards a new normal of safety. This is a great example of your government working for you and I am proud to have voted for this legislation.”

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.