OSBA commends Ohio Senate on passage of SB 33

CONTACT: Maggie Ostrowski

(614) 487-4425


Columbus, Ohio (April 5, 2017) – ​Regarding the passage of Senate Bill 33 in the Ohio Senate today, all of the following may be attributed to Ronald Kopp, President of the Ohio State Bar Association:

"This legislation is about common sense and fairness. It ensures defendants may have access to the same information from the LEADS (Law Enforcement Agencies Data System) database as the prosecution regarding their record of convictions.

"I commend the members of the OSBA Traffic Law Committee for identifying conflicting guidance between the rules governing criminal procedures and statues surrounding use of the LEADs database. Ultimately, we arrived at a legislative solution that will allow both defense attorneys and prosecutors to do their jobs as envisioned under the criminal rules.

"On behalf of the OSBA, we want to thank Senator John Eklund for sponsoring this bill and members of the Senate from both sides of the aisle who supported it. We stand ready to work with the Ohio House to see it passed and signed into law."

The Ohio State Bar Association, founded in 1880, is a voluntary association representing approximately 28,000 members of the bench and bar of Ohio. Through its activities and the activities of its related organizations, the OSBA serves both its members and the public by promoting the highest standards in the practice of law and the administration of justice.

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