COLUMBUS—State Senators Steve Huffman (R-Tipp City) and Nathan Manning (R-North Ridgeville) this week introduced Senate Bill 36, which expands eligibility for financial help available for victims of violent crime. The bill also repeals certain restrictions regarding those applying for help.
The program is focused on those who suffered severe trauma that affects their ability to participate in normal daily life. These cases involve homicides, sexual assaults and other crimes resulting in a permanent injury.
"As sponsor of this bill, my constituents and fellow Ohioans who were traumatically impacted by Dayton's Oregon District shooting in 2019 weighs heavily on my heart and mind. My hope is that this legislation will go a long way toward helping those victims and others recover from severe trauma," said Senator Steve Huffman.
Senate Bill 36 expands the definition of a victim to include a family member who was either a witness to a crime or arrived at the crime scene in the immediate aftermath. The bill also expands the definition to include caretakers of a dependent victim of sexual assault.
"No one should be denied help for reasons that are no fault of their own," said Manning. "This piece of legislation will have a significant impact on providing relief for victims and their families."
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