101.311 Sergeant at arms of house and assistants.

(A) As used in this section, "capitol square" has the same meaning as in section 105.41 of the Revised Code.

(B)

(1) The speaker of the house of representatives shall appoint a sergeant at arms for the house of representatives.

(2) The speaker of the house of representatives shall adopt a policy specifying the minimum continuing training required for a person to maintain employment as house sergeant at arms or an assistant house sergeant at arms. The continuing training for the house sergeant at arms if the house sergeant at arms has arrest authority pursuant to division (E)(1) of this section and for all assistant sergeants at arms shall include firearms requalification under section 109.801 of the Revised Code.

(C)

(1) The house sergeant at arms may appoint assistant house sergeants at arms to assist the house sergeant at arms in performing the duties described in divisions (D) and (E) of this section. The house sergeant at arms shall not appoint a person to be an assistant house sergeant at arms unless one of the following applies:

(a) The person previously has been awarded a certificate by the executive director of the Ohio peace officer training commission attesting to the person's satisfactory completion of an approved state, county, municipal, or department of natural resources peace officer basic training program, the person previously has been employed as a peace officer, the prior employment of the person as a peace officer contains no breaks in service of more than one year, and the person has successfully completed a firearms requalification program under section 109.801 of the Revised Code.

(b) The person previously has been awarded a certificate by the executive director of the Ohio peace officer training commission attesting to the person's satisfactory completion of an approved state, county, municipal, or department of natural resources peace officer basic training program, the person previously has been employed as a peace officer, the prior employment of the person as a peace officer contains a break in service of one year or more and not more than four years, the person has received all updated training required by the house sergeant at arms, and the person has successfully completed a firearms requalification program under section 109.801 of the Revised Code.

(c) The person previously has been employed as a trooper of the state highway patrol, within one year prior to employment as an assistant house sergeant at arms the person had arrest authority as a trooper of the state highway patrol, and the person has successfully completed a firearms requalification program under section 109.801 of the Revised Code.

(d) The person previously has been employed as a trooper of the state highway patrol, the prior employment as a trooper of the state highway patrol contains a break in service of one year or more and not more than four years, the person has received all updated training required by the house sergeant at arms, and the person has successfully completed a firearms requalification program under section 109.801 of the Revised Code.

(2) In order to maintain employment as the house sergeant at arms or an assistant house sergeant at arms, the sergeant at arms or assistant sergeant at arms shall successfully complete all continuing training programs required by the speaker of the house of representatives under division (B)(2) of this section. If the house sergeant at arms or an assistant house sergeant at arms has a peace officer basic training certificate, or comparable certification issued by another law enforcement agency, the house sergeant at arms or the assistant house sergeant at arms also may complete whatever additional training is needed to maintain that certification. The Ohio peace officer training academy, a state, county, municipal, or department of natural resources training program, or any other program offering continuing training of that nature shall admit the house sergeant at arms or assistant house sergeant at arms to the continuing training program necessary for that sergeant at arms or assistant sergeant at arms to retain that certification.

(3) Any person who has been appointed as the sergeant at arms pursuant to division (B) of this section or as an assistant sergeant at arms pursuant to division (C) of this section on or after the first day of March 2000, and who has received a certificate of completion of basic training programs pursuant to division (D) of section 109.75 of the Revised Code shall be considered a peace officer during the term of the person's appointment as the sergeant at arms or as an assistant sergeant at arms for the purposes of maintaining a current and valid basic training certificate pursuant to rules adopted under section 109.74 of the Revised Code.

(D)

(1) The house sergeant at arms shall do all of the following:

(a) Maintain good order in the corridors, committee rooms, and offices of the house of representatives in the Vern Riffe center, the hall and gallery of the house of representatives, and those areas of the Vern Riffe center under the exclusive use and control of the house of representatives. This section shall not affect or abridge the authority or responsibility of the state highway patrol.

(b) Strictly enforce the rules of the house of representatives regulating admission of persons to the floor of the house of representatives;

(c) Serve all subpoenas and warrants issued by the house of representatives or any duly authorized officer or committee of the house of representatives;

(d) On order for a call of the house of representatives, arrest or cause to be arrested members of the house of representatives and bring the members into the house of representatives;

(e) Execute or cause to be executed a warrant for the arrest of a person failing to appear or produce a paper or record pursuant to house of representatives subpoena or order pursuant to section 101.43 of the Revised Code and convey the person to the house of representatives. If the house sergeant at arms does not have arrest authority pursuant to division (E)(1) of this section, the house sergeant at arms shall cause the warrant to be executed and the person to be conveyed to the house of representatives.

(f) At the direction of the speaker of the house of representatives, provide security for members of the house of representatives, house of representatives and other legislative employees, and other persons.

(2) While providing security pursuant to division (D)(1)(f) of this section, assistant house sergeants at arms, and the house sergeant at arms if the house sergeant at arms has arrest authority pursuant to division (E)(1) of this section, shall have the same arrest powers as other peace officers to apprehend criminal offenders who endanger or threaten the security of any person being protected, no matter where the arrest occurs. The jurisdiction of an assistant house sergeant at arms and the house sergeant at arms if the house sergeant at arms has arrest authority pursuant to division (E)(1) of this section shall be concurrent with that of peace officers of the county, township, or municipal corporation in which the violation occurs and with the state highway patrol.

(E)

(1) The house sergeant at arms has the authority specified under section 2935.03 of the Revised Code for peace officers to enforce all state laws, municipal ordinances, and township resolutions and to make arrests for any violation of those laws, ordinances, and resolutions in all areas identified in division (D)(1)(a) of this section as areas in which the house sergeant at arms is to maintain good order, and while providing security pursuant to division (D)(1)(f) of this section if any of the following apply:

(a) The house sergeant at arms previously has been awarded a certificate by the executive director of the Ohio peace officer training commission attesting to the house sergeant at arms's satisfactory completion of an approved state, county, municipal, or department of natural resources peace officer basic training program, the house sergeant at arms previously has been employed as a peace officer, the prior employment of the house sergeant at arms as a peace officer contains no breaks in service that would require the house sergeant at arms to receive updated training by the Ohio peace officer training academy, and the house sergeant at arms has successfully completed a firearms requalification program under section 109.801 of the Revised Code.

(b) The house sergeant at arms previously has been awarded a certificate by the executive director of the Ohio peace officer training commission attesting to the house sergeant at arms's satisfactory completion of an approved state, county, municipal, or department of natural resources peace officer basic training program, the house sergeant at arms previously has been employed as a peace officer, the prior employment of the house sergeant at arms as a peace officer contains a break in service that would require the house sergeant at arms to receive updated training by the Ohio peace officer training academy, the house sergeant at arms has received that updated training, and the house sergeant at arms has successfully completed a firearms requalification program under section 109.801 of the Revised Code.

(c) The house sergeant at arms previously has been employed as a trooper of the state highway patrol, within one year prior to employment as house sergeant at arms the house sergeant at arms had arrest authority as a trooper of the state highway patrol, and the house sergeant at arms has successfully completed a firearms requalification program under section 109.801 of the Revised Code.

(2) Assistant house sergeants at arms have the authority specified under section 2935.03 of the Revised Code for peace officers to enforce all state laws, municipal ordinances, and township resolutions and to make arrests for any violation of those laws, ordinances, and resolutions in all areas identified in division (D)(1)(a) of this section as areas in which the house sergeant at arms is to maintain good order, and while providing security pursuant to division (D)(1)(f) of this section.

(3) The jurisdiction of the house sergeant at arms, if the house sergeant at arms has arrest authority pursuant to division (E)(1) of this section, and of an assistant house sergeant at arms shall be concurrent with that of peace officers of the county, township, or municipal corporation in which the violation occurs and with the state highway patrol.

(4) If the house sergeant at arms has arrest authority pursuant to division (E)(1) of this section, the speaker of the house of representatives shall issue to the house sergeant at arms a commission indicating the sergeant at arms's authority to make arrests as provided in this section. The speaker of the house of representatives, upon the recommendation of the house sergeant at arms, shall issue to each assistant house sergeant at arms a commission indicating the assistant sergeant at arms's authority to make arrests as provided in this section. The speaker of the house of representatives shall furnish a suitable badge to the house sergeant at arms, if the house sergeant at arms has arrest authority under division (E)(1) of this section, and to each commissioned assistant house sergeant at arms as evidence of the sergeant at arm's or assistant sergeant at arm's authority.

Effective Date: 09-05-2001