Representative Supports First Responder Protection Act

<p>Mary Alice Reporting:

(August, 9th) Ohio – Legislators are taking steps to increase the penalty for targeted attacks against first responders and military members.

98th District Representative Al Landis explains HB 38 is critical and timely due to the conditions seen in Ohio and across the nation. He comments that the Bill is known as the “Public Safety and Military Protection Act.

 “We’re trying to protect our first responders; police, fire, military, anybody that can be a target of someone’s misguided politics or ideals. We felt that it was very important to bring this bill forward and to put some more bite into the sentencing of these folks.”

Landis says the HB 38 would increase the penalty for felonious assaults or murders that are targeted attacks, including mandatory prison term and change the offense to a first degree-felony.

Under the Bill, first responders are defined as a firefighter or emergency medical service provider and military members range from the U.S. Armed Forces, ROTC participants, or veterans.

HB 38 is now in the Senate for review and once any changes are made it will go back to the Ohio House.

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