Columbus - Today, State Senator Capri S. Cafaro (D-Hubbard) introduced bipartisan legislation (SB 355) with Senator Mark Wagoner (R-Ottawa Hills) to update Ohio's adult guardianship laws.
"As our population continues to age, it becomes increasingly more important to ensure that our laws accommodate families with out-of-state members and guardians in order to provide the protection and guardianship so desperately needed for our most vulnerable population," said Senator Cafaro.
Provisions within Senate Bill 355 would allow Ohio's probate courts to communicate and coordinate with other state courts regarding adult guardianship and protective proceedings when applicable. It will also ensure that the appointed adult guardian is subject to the jurisdiction of the Ohio probate court, and establish rules for Ohio probate courts in deciding how and whether to proceed with a case when a proceeding is also filed in another state.
The bill has bipartisan support and awaits committee assignment in the Ohio Senate.
Representative Tom Letson (D-Warren) introduced companion legislation (HB 27) in the Ohio House of Representatives.