Senate District 32
Sean J. O'Brien
O'Brien, Eklund Sentencing Reform Bill Passes Senate
June 30, 2020

State Senators Sean J. O’Brien (D-Bazetta) and John Eklund (R-Munson Township) announced today the passage of Senate Bill 3, which revises drug criminal sentencing laws.

“After years of the failed War on Drugs, we know that our current approach is not effective,” said O’Brien. “During committee, we heard extensive testimony from various experts, including law enforcement officers, judges and prosecutors, and we now have a bill that will help us keep people struggling with addiction out of prison, while punishing the right people – drug traffickers. This is the crux of SB 3.”

The bill creates new definitions for various levels of drug trafficking, while reducing penalties for the possession of lower amounts of illicit substances and prioritizing treatment for offenders. The bill also retains current laws when the violation involves a sexual assault-enabling drug or fentanyl-related compounds.

The substitute version of the bill was accepted in the Senate Judiciary Committee today and then affirmatively passed on the Senate floor. SB 3 will now move to the Ohio House for consideration.

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