COLUMBUS—Today, State Sen. Nina Turner (D-Cleveland) offered sponsor testimony on Senate Bill 171, a proposal jointly sponsored by Sen. Charleta Tavares (D-Columbus) that would prevent convicted rapists from seeking parental rights over children conceived as a result of a sexual assault.
“Senate Bill 171 will empower survivor parents by allowing them to file a court claim terminating the custodial rights of their attacker,” Senator Turner said during committee. “The bill would also ensure that survivor parents need not seek the approval of their rapist in order to place the child up for adoption, a request that would further enable the attacker to exert control over the life of the victim.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control, around 32,000 pregnancies occur annually as a result of sexual assaults in the United States. Ohio is one of 31 states in which rapists are able to sue their victims to receive parental rights such as visitation and partial custody.
“Every day, rape survivors struggle to cope with the long-term emotional trauma from their assault. Without any legal protections in place to prevent rapists from seeking custodial rights, Ohio is allowing assailants to continue to torment their victims rather than protecting survivors and their children,” Senator Turner said.
The bill, which was first introduced on August 5, 2013, now awaits further action by the Senate Criminal Justice Committee.
COLUMBUS—Today, State Senator Nina Turner (D-Cleveland) joined Governor John Kasich, Attorney General Mike DeWine, State Rep. Sandra Williams (D-Cleveland), State Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati), and executive cabinet members to announce the creation of the Ohio Task Force on Community and Police Relations. The Task Force will be charged with examining the causes and consequences of the lack of trust between law enforcement personnel and some of the communities they serve, and develop action steps to strengthen it.
Today, Senator Nina Turner (D-Cleveland) joined Governor Kasich and Representatives Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) and Sandra Williams (D-Cleveland) to announce the creation of a new task force to improve community and police relations in Ohio.
"We want to have honest discussions about how we can make a difference," said Senator Turner. "No group of people should have the burden of skin."
Senator Turner's remarks begin at 6:53.
COLUMBUS—Today, the Ohio Senate voted nearly along party lines to pass House Bill 5, a measure that proponents claim will standardize Ohio’s myriad municipal tax systems. However, the bill will impose uniformity in such a way that will cost local governments across the state an estimated $82 million per year according to a recent report by Innovation Ohio. When combined with other tax-shifting cuts passed by the legislature in recent years, the same report places the total impact upon local governments across the state at just under half a billion per year.
COLUMBUS—Today, Senate Bill 148, which designates a portion of Interstate 271 through the city of Bedford Heights as the “Army Pvt. Brandon Sloan Memorial Highway,” received final approval from the Ohio House. The chamber’s unanimous vote in support of the measure is the final legislative step necessary for the highway’s designation.