By: Bret Bugans
CINCINNATI — A bill making its way through the Ohio legislature would create stiffer penalties for those who intentionally disrupt a religious service.
The current penalty for disrupting service is a fourth-degree misdemeanor and a fine of up to $250, but lawmakers want to increase it to a first-degree misdemeanor, which includes fines up to $1,000 and a maximum of six months in jail. HB 504 has bipartisan support, with Ohio House lawmakers approving the measure 95-1.
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