HB 535 – Youth Communications Interception Bill (2011-2012)
Link to Bill:http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/bills.cfm?ID=129_HB_535
A bill to exempt a parent or other authority over a child (in loco parentis) from the prohibition of the interception of wire, oral, or electronic communications.
Primary Sponsors:Rep. Hill (R)
Secondary Sponsors:(R), Rep. Grossman (R), Rep. J. Adams (R), Rep. Maag (R), Rep. McClain (R), Rep. Phillips (D), Rep. Reece (D), Rep. Roegner (R), Rep. Ruhl (R), Rep. Sears (R), Rep. Stinziano (D), Rep. Thompson (R)
Committee:Judiciary and Ethics (H)
LSC Legislation Status:http://lsc.state.oh.us/coderev/hou129.nsf/House+Bill+Number/0535?OpenDocument
Our take on this bill:
The ACLU of Ohio opposes measures that give the government unnecessary power to monitor or intrude on the private lives of individuals, including youth. HB 535 is cause for concern in its current form because of language that could be construed to allow people, like school administrators and teachers, access to a young person’s private communications.
5/22/2012: Probation officers were removed from the bill’s list of individuals authorized to intercept youth communications.