Landis says House Bill 532 makes it possible for families of fallen soldiers to obtain the medal, which is available to fallen soldiers who are residents of Ohio or who are stationed in Ohio.
In the past, he says when a family separation occurred, only one medal was given.
Landis says the change in who will receive the medal is overdue.
The General Assembly held a joint convention in November to present the Ohio Military Medal of Distinction to the families of 28 service members who died while serving their country in 2011. It was the third convention held for this purpose since the creation of the medal.