Ohio Senate Debates Shielding Violence Victims’ Address Info

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The Ohio Senate is taking up legislation that would shield the addresses of victims of domestic violence, stalking and other crimes from use by government agencies.

The bill getting a first hearing in the State and Local Government Committee Tuesday 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. The Ohio House approved the bill last month.