Senate Passes Law on Driver’s Licenses in Drug Conviction Cases

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The Ohio Senate has passed a bill that would give judges the option of suspending a driver’s license for someone convicted of a drug charge instead of the suspension being mandatory.

Republican Sen. Bill Seitz, of Cincinnati, says current law makes it difficult for hundreds of thousands of Ohioans with suspended driver’s licenses for drug convictions to find a job.

The legislation affects only drug convictions that don’t involve driving. It also would allow a judge to end a previously imposed license suspension for a drug conviction that didn’t involve a vehicle.

The Senate approved the bill on a unanimous vote Tuesday. The measure now goes to the House for consideration.