Domestic Violence Legislation Package: What You Need to Know
The New York State Assembly passed several domestic violence bills yesterday, which will soon be on their way to the Senate. If they make it through the rest of the legislative process, the measures would do everything from toughening penalties against repeat domestic violence offenders to keeping guns away from these perps.
Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Queens), who sponsored the Domestic Violence Escalation Prevention Act, told Runnin' Scared that some bills might meet opposition in the Senate, because they put limits on gun ownership.
Speaking of his bill, he said: "We've yet to find a sponsor to take it up and run with it, believe it or not. There are people who are so attached and wedded to their guns that even the most commonsense legislation to protect women from gun violence, there's an intinctive reaction from the pro-gun crowd that makes it very, very hard."
Runnin' Scared will keep you updated with the progress of this and other bills. But until then, click for a brief guide to the proposed legislations.
A01986B: Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal's bill would establish "aggravated family offense" as a crime, which creates a felony-level charge for repeat domestic violence offenders.
A09024: Assemblymember Steve Englebright's measure would prevent housing discrimination against domestic violence victims.
A2348A: Assemblymember Helene Weinstein proposed a policy that would bar workplace discrimination against domestic violence victims.
A06113A: Weinstein would require orders of protection be translated in court proceedings.
A02651A: Assemblymember Rhoda Jacobs would extend the time that domestic violence victims can stay in residential programs to 180 days -- up from 135 days.
A07585A: Assemblymember Charles Lavine's proposal would make it so that hospitals have policies to effectively help domestic violence victims.
A02350: Assemblymember Weinstein has also proposed a measure that would make parties liable for failing to enforce orders of protection.
A64606A: Another one of Weinstein's proposed legislations would not people against whom restraining orders have been filed to get a gun license or possessing a firearm.
A2494B: Assemblymember Daniel O'Donnell's filing would require that judges figure out the owner of a firearm in cases involving orders of protection.
A4488A: Assemblymember Rory Lancman's measure would bar domestic violence offenders from buying or owning guns. (Another Lancman legislation, the Safe Homes Act, would let cops confiscate guns from those being investigated for domestic violence. This hasn't passed yet in the Assembly.)
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