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Ohio lawmakers propose bill making assaulting transit workers a felony

Posted on February 25, 2016

CINCINNATTI — Assaulting a school bus driver is considered a felony in Ohio, but that condition does not extend to transit workers. Two lawmakers are trying to change that with a bill that would impose harsher punishments to individuals who assault transit workers, reported WCPO News.

Under current law, an assault is usually classified as a misdemeanor, except under certain circumstances. If the bill becomes law, a person who assaults a bus driver or transit worker on duty would be charged with a felony, the report said.

Rep. Denise Driehaus, D-Cincinnati, said the enhanced penalties would act as a deterrent to ensure the safety of the driver and passengers. Driehaus is a primary sponsor of the bill, according to WCPO News. For the full story, click here.

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