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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

It's now Grendell, law and order

State Sen. Tim Grendell is already busy trying to get legislation passed in the Ohio Senate even as he declines to accept the Ohio House seat to which voters elected him.

Right: Grendell, R-Chester Township, was busy Tuesday and Wednesday on a bill he co-sponsored with state Sen. Teresa Fedor, D-Toledo, to modify Ohio’s human-trafficking law, according to Ohio General Assembly records.

The Senate Judiciary and Criminal Justice Committee, chaired by attorney Grendell, voted unanimously Tuesday on the “stand-alone” bill, which includes graphic descriptions of the sexual and slavery crimes involved. Reports and testimony also mention an alleged trafficking case involving Asian women in Grendell's Geauga County base.

Then the issue went before the full Ohio Senate today (Wenesday, Dec. 1) for unanimous bipartisan passage.

But the bill now faces a proposed amendment. In that measure, another senator wants to add more charges if such a case involves trafficking people for sexual or labor purposes.

That would be a controversy if the bill goes soon to Gov. Ted Strickland for his signature before leaving office.

For Grendell, the clock is ticking in more ways than one. And he'll remain in the news.

--David W. Jones


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