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Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: March 29, 2017 04:39 PM
From: Representative Brandon P. Neuman
To: All House members
Subject: Protection from Abuse Legislation
 

Memo #1
In 2016 two women in Washington county died at the hands of men that had protection from abuse orders against them and approximately 500 emergency protective orders were granted in Washington county alone.

Law enforcement has recognized that domestic violence calls are among the most dangerous which is illustrated by the numbers of injuries and deaths suffered by law enforcement during these calls.

In November 2016, a Joint State Government Commission report on the PFA law was issued and identified several exceptionally dangerous deficiencies including allowing victims or their family members to serve PFAs on the accused abuser unless they can show that it is too dangerous.

This legislation requires that law enforcement alone serve PFAs which better protects victims and establishes that law enforcement will be involved at the time of service.

Please join me in cosponsoring this important legislation and my additional legislation to shorten the timeframe in which a PFA must be served and shorten the time after which a hearing for a permanent order will be held.


Memo #2
In 2016 two women in Washington county died at the hands of men that had protection from abuse orders against them and approximately 500 emergency protective orders were granted in Washington county alone.

Law enforcement has recognized that domestic violence calls are among the most dangerous which is illustrated by the numbers of injuries and deaths suffered by law enforcement during these calls.

In November 2016, a Joint State Government Commission report on the PFA law was issued and identified several exceptionally dangerous deficiencies including not having a set time frame in which the order must be served on the defendant.

This legislation requires that the petition be served within 24 hours of issuance and that a hearing on the merits of the petition for protection is heard within three business days rather than 10. However, if the court is unable to hear the petition within that time frame, my legislation permits the court to extend the temporary order as necessary.

Please join me in cosponsoring this legislation to better protect our families.



Document #1

Introduced as HB1099

Description: Memo #1
In 2016 two women in Washington county died at the hands of men that had protection from abuse orders against them and approximately 500 emergency protective orders were granted in Washington county alone.
 
Law enforcement has recognized that domestic violence calls are among the most dangerous which is illustrated by the numbers of injuries and deaths suffered by law enforcement during these calls.
 
In November 2016, a Joint State Government Commission report on the PFA law was issued and identified several exceptionally dangerous deficiencies including allowing victims or their family members to serve PFAs on the accused abuser unless they can show that it is too dangerous.
 
This legislation requires that law enforcement alone serve PFAs which better protects victims and establishes that law enforcement will be involved at the time of service.
 
Please join me in cosponsoring this important legislation and my additional legislation to shorten the timeframe in which a PFA must be served and shorten the time after which a hearing for a permanent order will be held.
 
 

Document #2

Introduced as HB1100

Description: Memo #2
In 2016 two women in Washington county died at the hands of men that had protection from abuse orders against them and approximately 500 emergency protective orders were granted in Washington county alone.
 
Law enforcement has recognized that domestic violence calls are among the most dangerous which is illustrated by the numbers of injuries and deaths suffered by law enforcement during these calls.
 
In November 2016, a Joint State Government Commission report on the PFA law was issued and identified several exceptionally dangerous deficiencies including not having a set time frame in which the order must be served on the defendant.
 
This legislation requires that the petition be served within 24 hours of issuance and that  a hearing on the merits of the petition for protection is heard within three business days rather than 10. However, if the court is unable to hear the petition within that time frame, my legislation permits the court to extend the temporary order as necessary.
 
Please join me in cosponsoring this legislation to better protect our families.