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Bill supporting right of victims important to Ohioans

To the editor:

House Bill 343, which offers updates to crime victims’ laws in our state, was introduced by Representative Andrea White. I am a proud co-sponsor of the bill. HB 343 presents long overdue language that would implement the 2017 Constitutional amendment called Marsy’s Law into state code.

It was important to me to support this bill from the outset as a citizen, and even more so, as a father and grandfather, I firmly believe that victims deserve to be treated with the utmost dignity and respect throughout the criminal justice process.

I can’t imagine what victims and families of victims have to bear, but this legislation will ensure that victims across Ohio are treated with the same consideration and afforded the same opportunities to engage with the system regardless of circumstance or location.

If you have any questions about your rights should you become a victim of a crime in Ohio, you can reach out to the Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center or the Marsy’s Law for Ohio team.

If you have questions or thoughts about the newly-introduced legislation, my office would be happy to hear from you. I am looking forward to working with my colleagues in the Ohio House to pass House Bill 343.

TIM GINTER,

Ohio Representative, House District 5

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