Ohio Senate Weighs Shielding Violence Victims’ Address Info

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

The bill before the State and Local Government Committee would let victims apply for a confidential address from the Ohio secretary of state if they’re worried about attackers tracking them down. Testimony from bill supporters was scheduled for Tuesday.

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 in January.