130th Ohio General Assembly
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As Introduced

122nd General Assembly
Regular Session
1997-1998
S. B. No. 215

SENATOR SHEERER


A BILL
To amend section 2903.211 of the Revised Code to make any repeat violation of menacing by stalking a felony of the fifth degree.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF OHIO:


Section 1. That section 2903.211 of the Revised Code be amended to read as follows:

Sec. 2903.211. (A) No person by engaging in a pattern of conduct shall knowingly cause another to believe that the offender will cause physical harm to the other person or cause mental distress to the other person.

(B) Whoever violates this section is guilty of menacing by stalking, a misdemeanor of the first degree. If the offender previously has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to a violation of this section involving the same person who is the victim of the current offense, menacing by stalking is a felony of the fifth degree.

(C) As used in this section:

(1) "Pattern of conduct" means two or more actions or incidents closely related in time, whether or not there has been a prior conviction based on any of those actions or incidents.

(2) "Mental distress" means any mental illness or condition that involves some temporary substantial incapacity or mental illness or condition that would normally require psychiatric treatment.


Section 2. That existing section 2903.211 of the Revised Code is hereby repealed.
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