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(122nd General Assembly)(House Bill Number 599)
To enact section 5503.11 of the Revised Code to
authorize the Superintendent of the State Highway Patrol to establish a State
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Ohio:
SECTION 1 . That section 5503.11 of the Revised
Code be enacted to read as follows:
Sec. 5503.11. (A) The superintendent of the state highway
patrol, with the
approval of the director of public safety, may establish an auxiliary unit
within the state highway patrol, and provide for the regulation of the
auxiliary officers. The superintendent shall be the head of the auxiliary
unit, and shall have the sole authority to make all appointments to and
dismissals from the auxiliary unit. The superintendent shall prescribe rules
for the organization, administration, and control of the auxiliary unit, and
the eligibility requirements, training, and conduct of the auxiliary officers.
The superintendent also shall have the authority to expend any funds
appropriated to the state highway patrol to pay any expenses the state highway
patrol incurs in administering the auxiliary unit. Members of the auxiliary
unit may be required
to pay any portion of their expenses, as determined by the superintendent.
No member of the auxiliary unit shall have any power to arrest any person
or to enforce any law of this state.
(B) Each member of the auxiliary unit, in the performance of the
member's official duties as determined by the superintendent, possesses
personal immunity from civil liability for damages for injury, death, or loss
to person or property as specified in section 9.86 Of the Revised Code, and is entitled to
indemnification and representation as an officer or employee of this state to
the extent described in and in accordance with sections 109.361 to 109.366
Of the Revised Code.