Sierah’s Law

Sierah’s Law officially became a law on December 19th, 2018!

History

Senate Bill 67

Thanks to the help of Senator Randy Gardner and Senator Cliff Hite, Sierah’s Law began moving forward as Senate Bill 67. Senators Gardner constructed the bill that would put in place a Violent Offender Database in Ohio. This database would primarily be for law enforcement, but citizens would have the ability to learn the residence of felons convicted of violent offenses at their County Sheriff’s office.

The violent offenses included are:

  • Aggravated Murder
  • Murder
  • Voluntary Manslaughter
  • Abduction
  • Kidnapping

Sen. Randy Gardner

Senate Bill 231

Senator Gardner had worked closely with many of the interested parties on this issue, including the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, Attorney General’s Office, Buckeye State Sheriffs Association, and consulted with prosecutors and judges.

Since the opponent hearing held in June of 2017, Senator Gardner spent months listening to those that opposed the bill. Nearly a dozen changes to the bill were made following either criticisms, concerns and requests made by those involved in re-entry programs. Senate Bill 67 then became Senate Bill 231 and was signed into law on December 19, 2018.

Read the full text of Ohio Senate Bill 231 on the Ohio Legislature website.

Timeline

February 22, 2017

Senator Gardner and Senator Hite present the bill to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

March 29, 2017

Proponent Hearing: At this hearing, Sheila Vaculik, Howard Ice, and the Wood County Sheriff Wasylyshyn gave testimony on why a violent offender registry should be put in place and the benefits to not only law enforcement but also to the communities. Senators Gardner met with the committee members following this hearing to discuss the positives and negatives of the bill.

June 13, 2017

Opponent / Interested Party Hearing: Several re-entry programs gave testimony against S.B. 67. There were concerns on how vague the bill was written and public access to the violent offenders information.

October 14, 2017

While parties debate different aspects of the bill, hundreds of supporters and friends of Sierah gathered for the first annual Spirit of Sierah 5K race. The event rallies the community in support for Sierah’s Law and safer streets for our girls, which they flooded with purple!

November 14th, 2017

Introduced to Senate as SB 231, many revisions were made to SB 67 and a new bill number was assigned.

November 28th, 2017

Proponent Hearing: Senator Randy Gardner gave sponsor testimony for now revised bill, S.B. 231.

February 27th, 2018

Opponent/ Interested Party Hearing

April 11th, 2018

Sierah’s Law PASSES in the Senate with 31 yeas and 2 nays

April 12th, 2018

SB 231 is introduced to the Ohio House Criminal Justice Committee

November 13th, 2018

Proponent Hearing: Senator Randy Gardner, Sheila Vaculik and Wood County Sheriff Wasylyshyn gave testimony on why this bill should be put in place.

November 27th, 2018

Opponent/ Interested Party Hearing: A speaker from ACLU of Ohio, Toledoans for Prison Awareness and Ohio Rational Sexual Offense Laws spoke of their concerns with the bill.

December 5th, 2018

Sierah’s Law PASSES the Ohio House with a 92 yea and 0 nays.

December 6th, 2018

Sierah’s Law PASSES the Senate for concurrence vote with 24 yeas and 3 nays.
Sierah's grandmother, mother and aunt jumping for joy at the passing of Sierah's law, in front of the Ohio congress

December 19th, 2018

Sierah’s Law is signed into Law by Governor John Kasich.