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Reps. Blackshear, Kent Smith testify on legislation to require visible identification for law enforcement

March 31, 2022
Willis E. Blackshear, Jr. News

COLUMBUS– State Reps. Willis Blackshear (D-Dayton) and Kent Smith (D-Euclid) yesterday gave sponsor testimony before the House State and Local Government Committee on House Bill (HB) 331, which would require certain law enforcement officers to wear a clearly visible badge and identification while on duty. This bill would allow any person who encounters an officer violating the law to submit a complaint to the Attorney General, and requires the Attorney General to investigate all complaints submitted and fine the law enforcement officer if they are found in violation of this law.

“House Bill 331 will help improve relations between police officers and the communities they serve. This legislation will promote transparency, trust, and accountability, which are all vital to keeping our neighborhoods safe and secure,” said Rep. Blackshear.

“House Bill 331 is sensible legislation that protects citizens and police officers alike. The public has a right to know who is protecting their community, and a police officer’s identification demonstrates that they have authority to take action to keep people safe. This legislation improves clarity and trust between law enforcement and the people they serve,” said Rep. Smith. 

HB 331 now awaits further hearings in the State and Local Government Committee.