Prosecutor Gina DeGenova to offer testimony before the Ohio House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Mahoning County Prosecutor Gina DeGenova will testify in favor of H.B. 473 before the Ohio House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday, June 5, 2024. H.B. 473 was introduced by Representative Lauren McNally and seeks to mandate the installation and maintenance of security camera systems at 85 rest stops over which the Ohio Department of Transportation has jurisdiction.

The security camera idea originated from the Ohio Association of Justice Women’s Caucus. Each year, the Women’s Caucus focuses on initiatives in the areas of philanthropy, social, and legislative. Last year, Prosecutor DeGenova was contacted by Attorney Lori Luka, who is a member of the Women’s Caucus and a Boardman native, to discuss the camera initiative and its potential to serve as a powerful deterrent against human trafficking, drug trafficking, and random acts of violence. DeGenova immediately connected Attorney Luka and the Caucus’s chair, Attorney Susan Peterson, who is a Youngstown native, with Representative Lauren McNally. The rest is history.

According to Prosecutor DeGenova, “This legislation has the potential to not only prevent crime but will also serve as strong evidence for prosecutors who are responsible for ensuring that those who violate the law are brought to justice.” DeGenova added, “I knew Representative McNally would be the best person to get this legislation off the ground. She is a strong advocate who really follows through for our community.”

Attached is a copy of Prosecutor DeGenova’s testimony during tomorrow’s hearing. The hearing will also be live-streamed on the Ohio Channel at and will start at 11:00 a.m.

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