130th Ohio General Assembly
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H. B. No. 106As Introduced
As Introduced

124th General Assembly
Regular Session
2001-2002
H. B. No. 106


REPRESENTATIVES Jones, Metelsky, Redfern, Womer  Benjamin, Husted, Sullivan, Wilson, Patton, Trakas, Calvert, D. Miller, Goodman, R. Miller, Hartnett, Jolivette, Clancy, Ogg, Ford, S. Smith, Barrett, Britton, Allen, Perry, Carey, DePiero, Sulzer, Distel, Hollister, Core, Collier, Kilbane, Hoops, Beatty



A BILL
To enact section 2917.51 of the Revised Code to prohibit a person from wearing a mask, hood, or other device that hides or covers a substantial portion of the wearer's face so as to conceal the identity of the wearer when the person is on the private property of another without written permission or is in any public place.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF OHIO:
Section 1.  That section 2917.51 of the Revised Code be enacted to read as follows:
Sec. 2917.51.  (A) No person shall do both of the following:
(1) Wear a mask, hood, or other device that hides or covers a substantial portion of the wearer's face so as to conceal the identity of the wearer when the person knows or reasonably should know that the conduct provokes in another a reasonable apprehension of intimidation or threat of violence;
(2) Be on the private property of another while wearing the mask, hood, or other device described in division (A)(1) of this section without first having obtained the written consent from the owner, occupier, or tenant of that property to wear the mask, hood, or other device or be in any public place while wearing the mask, hood, or other device described in division (A)(1) of this section.
(B) Division (A) of this section does not apply to any of the following persons:
(1) A person wearing a mask, hood, or other device in a traditional holiday celebration, whether religious or secular, when the mask, hood, or other device is appropriate for that celebration;
(2) A person lawfully engaged in employment, in a trade, or in a sporting activity who wears the mask, hood, or other device for the purpose of ensuring the physical safety of the wearer or because of the nature of the employment, trade, or sporting activity;
(3) A person wearing a mask, hood, or other device in a bona fide theatrical production or for bona fide entertainment purposes;
(4) A person wearing a mask, hood, or other device for bona fide medical reasons;
(5) A person wearing a mask, hood, or other device for protection against the elements;
(6) A person wearing a mask, hood, or other device as an expression of grief;
(7) A person wearing a mask, hood, or other device as a religious practice;
(8) A person wearing a gas mask prescribed in emergency management drills and exercises or emergencies.
(C) Whoever violates division (A) of this section is guilty of unlawful disguise, a misdemeanor of the fourth degree.
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