House Approves Bill Named For Slain Deputy

May 30, 2013

The Ohio House has approved a Senate-passed measure requiring courts to report certain mental health information for inclusion in a law enforcement database.

Courts would be required to report to law enforcement agencies those who have been found not guilty by reason of insanity, or people who have been convicted of a violent offense and ordered to get mental health treatment. The bill is named after Clark County Sheriff's deputy Suzanne Hopper, who was fatally shot two years ago by a man who previously had been found not guilty by reason of insanity and lived in a mental institution before receiving a conditional release. Responding deputies did not know that information.