Ohio's new anti-stalking law went into effect yesterday, on April 7, 2009. This new law (HB 471) was passed during the 127th General Assembly and amended ORC 2903.214. The law allows judges who grant protection orders to also require defendants to be electronically monitored by the sheriff's office or another law enforcement agency. In addition, the law requires defendants to pay for the associated costs, unless they are indigent, in which case the costs will be paid by the reparations fund under ORC 2743.191. Click here for a great article from ohio.com about the Stark County situation that promoted the legislation.