For Immediate Release:
June 11, 2020
Ohio House Passes Bill Raising Awareness for Elder Abuse
COLUMBUS – State Rep. Jena Powell (R-Arcanum) yesterday announced the House passage of legislation creating the “Stop Elder Abuse” license plate. The bill allows motorists to voluntarily purchase Stop Elder Abuse license plates through the Ohio Registrar’s office.
“As individuals, we have a moral and social responsibility to stand up for the most vulnerable among us,” said Powell. “The ‘Stop Elder Abuse’ license plate will help create awareness in our communities and serve as a tangible way people can stand up against the indignity of elder abuse.”
According to the Ohio Department of Aging, there are approximately 16,000 reports of abuse, neglect and exploitation made each year in Ohio. However, the National Institutes of Health estimate that only one in 14 cases of abuse are reported to authorities.
Senate Bill 163, which creates the “ALS Awareness” license plate, was amended in House Transportation and Public Safety Committee to include other license plates for a variety of causes.
The measure now goes to the Senate for consideration.
NOTE: a video of Powell’s floor speech can be accessed here: https://ohiolis.sharefile.com/d-sff6f0a2f0a74c28a
State Representative Jena Powell is currently serving her first term as a state representative. She represents the 80th Ohio House District, which encompasses Miami County and a portion of Darke County.
For more information, contact Rep Powell’s office at 614-466-8114 or Rep80@ohiohouse.gov.