Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Combs’ Bill on Sex Offender Notification for Long-term Care Facilities Passes House Panel

COLUMBUS—State Representative Courtney Combs (R-Hamilton) today announced that the Ohio House Criminal Justice Committee unanimously passed legislation that would require long-term care facilities to notify residents and resident sponsors when a convicted sex offender is being admitted to the facility.
This legislation, House Bill 24, addresses a loophole in which the residents of a neighborhood where a long-term care facility is located are required to be notified of a sex offender residing there, but the residents living within the facility are not required to be notified by the managers of the facility.
“It’s important that those in long-term care facilities are given the same caution that those outside of its walls are given,” Rep. Combs said. “I’m pleased to see this legislation move forward.”
House Bill 24 now awaits a floor vote by the entire House of Representatives.