Lawmakers to consider bill to help women held captive in Cleveland home

Left to Right: Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight

An Ohio House panel is nearing decision time on a proposal offering cash reparations and other benefits to three women abducted and imprisoned in a Cleveland man's home.

The bill is set for a likely committee vote Wednesday.

The measure would provide the women with at least $25,000 annually in cash relief for each of the years they were restrained, plus tuition, fees and living expenses at an Ohio public college.

The legislation would also seek a waiver to provide lifetime federal government medical assistance for the women - or anyone restrained or held in "involuntary servitude" for at least eight years.

Ariel Castro pleaded guilty to kidnapping the women, then repeatedly raping and beating them. He was found hanged in prison last month.

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