COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKBN) – One half of the bill that was born out of the tragedy of Reagan Tokes’ death will be heard once more by lawmakers at the Ohio Statehouse.
Tokes, a student at the Ohio State University was in the Short North in early 2017 when she was kidnapped, raped and murdered by Brian Golsbya, a convicted felon who was released from prison with a GPS monitoring device that was not being actively tracked.
A portion of the legislation did pass through the legislature and was signed by Governor John Kasich last year. The parts that dealt with improving GPS monitoring and reducing the workload of parole officers did not.
That part of the bill will be returning soon as new Republican joint sponsors of the bill have agreed to take on the roll; State Representative Rick Carfagna and State Senator Nathan Manning are stepping in.
According to State Representative Kristin Boggs, a Democrat, it is important to the Tokes family there is bipartisan support on the bill from the beginning.
Lawmakers say time was the biggest hurdle to getting the complete legislation finished last General Assembly, as it was introduced late in the first year.
This General Assembly, getting started on the second half with double the time leaves the sponsors optimistic about its chances.
Fundamentally, the bill is unchanged from its previous state, so lawmakers will pick up right where they left off for all intents and purposes.
The previous portion of the bill that has passed and is now law dealt with sentencing reforms and was seen by some as a heavier lift.
The bill is currently being drafted and could be introduced later this week.