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Representative Dovilla Announces Passage of Deputy Suzanne Hopper Act

Representative Dovilla Announces Passage of Deputy Suzanne Hopper Act

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Representative Dovilla Announces Passage of Deputy Suzanne Hopper Act
Representative Dovilla Announces Passage of Deputy Suzanne Hopper Act

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Published by: Representative Mike Dovilla on Jun 12, 2013
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MICHAEL D.

DOVILLA
7 TH DISTRICT ______

VERN R IFFE CENTER
77 S OUTH HIGH S TREET, 13 TH F LOOR COLUMBUS, OH 43215-6111
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P OLICY AND LEGISLATIVE O VERSIGHT, CHAIRMAN F INANCE & APPROPRIATIONS H IGHER EDUCATION SUBCOMMITTEE M ILITARY & VETERANS AFFAIRS

T: (614) 466-4895
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F: (614) 719-6957

Ohio General Assembly
House of Representatives Columbus

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REP07@OHIOHOUSE. GOV

For Immediate Release: May 29, 2013

Contact: Chris Ventura (614) 466-4895

Rep. Mike Dovilla Announces Passage of Deputy Suzanne Hopper Act
Bill Provides More Information to Law Enforcement on Potentially Dangerous Suspects COLUMBUS—State Representative Mike Dovilla (R-Berea) announced the Ohio House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 7, the Deputy Suzanne Hopper Act, which will provide law enforcement officers with information on suspects with a history of mental illness. Senate Bill 7 requires courts to report to local law enforcement for entry into the Law Enforcement Automated Data System (LEADS) individuals who have been sentenced to mental health treatment for committing violent crimes. This will allow law enforcement officers responding to an emergency to have additional information to assess the situation. “I appreciate the important work our law enforcement personnel do each and every day to keep Ohio’s families and communities safe,” said Dovilla. “This legislation, honoring a sheriff’s deputy who offered the ultimate sacrifice, underscores our ongoing commitment to protecting those who protect us.” Senate Bill 7 is named after Clark County Sheriff’s Deputy Suzanne Hopper was shot and killed in the line of duty in January 2011. Her killer was previously convicted of a violent crime and had mental health issues which were unavailable to the responding officers. The bill will now be sent to Governor Kasich for his signature. -30-

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