Ohio Governor Signs Bill Amending Driver’s License Suspension Policy For Drug Offenders

On June 13th Governor John Kasich signed legislation, Senate Bill 204, into law so that certain drug offenses are no longer punishable by a mandatory loss of one’s driver’s license.

House lawmakers previously approved the legislation in a 95 to 2 vote while Senate lawmakers unanimously approved the legislation.

Under previous law, any drug conviction carried a mandatory driver’s license suspension of at least six months, even in cases where the possession offense did not take place in a vehicle. Senate Bill 204 makes such suspensions discretionary rather than mandatory.

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