|Posted:||January 25, 2019 02:49 PM|
|From:||Representative Torren C. Ecker|
|To:||All House members|
|Shortly, I plan to introduce legislation to ensure that the offense of strangulation is as fully incorporated into our body of laws as other similarly violent and threatening offenses.
In 2016, strangulation was added to the Crimes Code as a primary offense. This legislation, which is a reintroduction of last session’s HB 2437, is necessary to ensure that a prior strangulation conviction will also be recognized and considered upon the occurrence of subsequent related events and judicial procedures. Specifically, the bill will amend section 9714 of the Judicial Code, section 6711 of the Domestic Relations Code, and sections 5702 and 2709.1 of the Crimes Code by adding the offense to a list of applicable “crimes of violence.”
This legislation is critically important, especially in domestic violence situations. Various credible studies have revealed the following chilling statistics:
House Bill 2437 passed the House unanimously last session. Please join me in supporting this imperative legislation. If you have any questions, please contact Joani Harlan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Introduced as HB854