CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - House Bill 66, named after Alianna DeFreeze, is advancing to Gov. John Kasich’s desk after both the Ohio House and Senate voted in favor of the legislation.
On Thursday, the House approved the provision, which includes the “Alianna Alert” bill that was originally included in Senate Bill 82, by a vote of 85-4. The Senate previously voted in favor 32-0.
The bill would “require a public school to notify the parent of a student who fails to arrive at school on time.”
The DeFreeze family says they were never notified by the school district when the teen girl did not report to class in Jan. 2017.
DeFreeze, 14 at the time, while on her way to school. Christopher Whitaker was sentenced to death for raping and killing DeFreeze.
Gov. Kasich must OK the proposed legislation before is becomes a law.