Ohio House OKs bill to shield violence victims’ address info


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio House has approved legislation that would shield the addresses of victims of domestic violence, stalking and other crimes from use by government agencies.

The bill passed Wednesday would let victims apply for a confidential address from the Ohio secretary of state if they’re worried about attackers tracking them down.

The address could be used when registering to vote or for any business with a government agency, such as a city water department, school or public university. The secretary of state’s office would forward mail to the real address daily.

Victims of sexual assault and human trafficking could also apply.

Among those pushing for the bill’s passage is Marcia Eakin, whose ex-husband killed their two children and her mother after stalking her in northeastern Ohio.

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