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Ohio lawmakers pass bill to create arson registry

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Convicted arsonists in Ohio would be required to register with local sheriffs under a bill headed to the governor's desk.

The Ohio House voted 89-2 on Wednesday to send the measure to Gov. John Kasich.

The legislation would create a statewide registry of arsonists and would require them to register annually with the sheriff in the county where they live. That would apply to people convicted of arson in Ohio or elsewhere.

Republican state Rep. Danny Bubp of West Union says the measure could help deter repeat arsons, reduce damage and save lives.

Registration fees would fund the registry. Convicted arsonists would pay $50 initially and then $25 each year to register again.

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