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Monday, November 11, 2019 4:40 pm

Ohio Senate president pledges action on drug-sentencing bill

Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The leader of the Ohio Senate is pledging to take action by yearend on a bill designed to reduce low-level drug possessions to misdemeanors and increase penalties for drug dealers.

The legislation is part of a long-running attempt by lawmakers to reduce Ohio's prison population.

Gongwer News Service reported that GOP Senate President Larry Obhof, a Medina Republican, wants the bill made a priority as hearings continue this fall.

The bipartisan bill would also allow people convicted of low-level drug possession charges to have their records sealed on completion of drug-court requirements.

The legislation also creates harsher penalties for trafficking, deeming it aggravated trafficking, major trafficking or trafficking, depending on the drug amounts involved.

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