Senate District 22
Larry Obhof
Senate Passes Bill Strengthening Penalties for Drug Traffickers Who Target Recovery Centers
May 15, 2019
COLUMBUS—Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) today announced the Senate's passage of Senate Bill 55, also known as the “Relapse Reduction Act.” The legislation will strengthen penalties for drug traffickers who sell on or near the premises of addiction recovery service centers.

Supported by Ohio’s Attorney General and law enforcement around the state, Senate Bill 55 is modeled after current law that increases penalties for certain drug offenses that occur near schools and juveniles.

“This bill better protects Ohioans who are working hard to conquer their addictions,” said Obhof. “It’s abhorrent that drug traffickers prey on people seeking treatment. The Senate’s message is loud and clear: if you prey on our communities, you are going to prison for a long time.”

Senate Bill 55 passed with bipartisan support and will now be sent to the Ohio House of Representatives for further consideration. Obhof added, “I am proud of our work in the Senate, where we have prioritized putting dealers behind bars while helping Ohioans get access to the treatment and support they need during recovery.”

The Senate also passed Senate Bill 101 which designates the month of May as “Preeclampsia Awareness Month” in Ohio. Preeclampsia is a pregnancy condition that can lead to serious, and sometimes fatal, complications for both the mother and baby.

“This bill is another step in our work to increase awareness and educational efforts to encourage safe and healthy pregnancies and births across Ohio,” said Obhof, who co-sponsored the bill. It also moves to the House for further consideration.
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