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Governor signs Collateral Sanction Reform Bill

Governor John Kasich met with Greater Cleveland Congregations members Monday to discuss collateral sanctions reforms.

"You don't want to look the other way when you have a human being that has a chance to realize their God given potential," Kasich said.

With that realization, Kasich ceremonially signed into law the Collateral Sanction Reform Bill.  It removes job barriers for nearly 2 million Ohioans with criminal records.

"Those barriers that prohibit people from getting jobs, housing and going to school."

 Senator Shirley Smith fought for a second chance bill for 13 years.  Now those convicted of non-violent crimes can get their lives back, "When you talk about expunging a person's record you're talking about public safety. You're talking about financial responsibility. You're talking about people to get back into the community to become proud of themselves."

For 40 years, Brent Bedgood couldn't get a break for more than a decade because he was busted for $4,800 in non-support.  That made it tough for him to support his hearing impaired daughter who lives with him, "I could not get a job to buy the devices she needed for hearing. Insurance says hearing is not a necessity."

Thanks to provisions on this new law, he has a job helping others with non-violent records.

"Last month alone I placed 23 out of 29 guys in a career in construction," he said.

Governor Kasich got biblical in support of this bill, "Sin no more and for those who have never sinned cast the first stone. There is a big element of redemption throughout scripture and that we all make mistakes."

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