COLUMBUS—State Representative Nathan Manning (R-North Ridgeville) today applauded the signing of House Bill 1 by Governor Kasich. House Bill 1 is a significant and bipartisan accomplishment of the Ohio General Assembly, with Rep. Manning joint-sponsoring the legislation with Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron). The bill provides all who are victims of intimate partner violence from someone they are or were recently dating with the ability to obtain a domestic violence civil protection order from the appropriate court.
Prior to the passage of House Bill 1, Ohio law did not include protections for dating violence victims who did not share a home or a child with their attacker. Ohio joins 48 other states in enacting this kind of legislation, which creates security for all victims of intimate partner violence. House Bill 1 assists victims in safely and confidently moving forward with their lives through the request for the civil protection order.
“Many individuals are waiting until later in life to get married or have children, but still spend years in a relationship with the same person. Those in such situations deserve the right to protection if violence occurs,” said Manning. “This is common sense, bipartisan and meaningful legislation that will have a positive impact on so many lives throughout Lorain County and the state of Ohio.”
Reps. Manning and Sykes together introduced House Bill 1 as the first in Ohio’s 132nd General Assembly. The bill is Buckeye Pathway legislation, strengthening families and communities by putting these protections in place, and starting the 132nd General Assembly with legislation that focuses on a long-term solution for the issue of intimate partner violence.
Having been signed into law yesterday by the Governor, House Bill 1 will become effective throughout Ohio in ninety days.