This is a subject that inspires me to write, teach, and love. By this bill being passed, it is one step in the direction to minimize the systemic problem of domestic violence. I am thankful for legislation which promotes justice for survivors, especially children, effected by domestic violence and child abuse.
Domestic Violence in the Presence of a Child – SB337/HB306 — PASSED
Permits an additional 5 year penalty for those who commit a crime of violence in a residence when they know or reasonably should know they are within the sight or hearing of a child. The child must be at least 2 years old. Lead Sponsor: O’Malley/Brown Administration (Delegate Luiz Simmons and Senator Bobby Zirkin filed similar bills).