Sunday, January 31, 2010

Kansas Committee to hear testimony on Domestic Violence Bill (CJ-Online)





January 30, 2010 - 4:08pm

Members of the House Committee on Corrections and Juvenile Justice will hear testimony Monday about proposed legislation that will assist the criminal justice system in documenting crimes associated with domestic violence.

Curt and Christie Brungardt, who created Jana's Campaign to Stop Domestic Violence after their daughter, Jana Mackey, was slain in 2008 by her ex-boyfriend, will speak in support of the proposed legislation.

House Bill 2517 requires a domestic violence tag be placed on all legal documents associated with a criminal act that is based on a domestic relationship. The tag is important because offenders often repeat their crimes, Curt Brungardt said in a news release. If passed, the legislation will encourage sanctions to be put in place before violence escalates.

Also testifying at the hearing include representatives from the Attorney General's office, the Governor's Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board, Department of Corrections, law enforcement and the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence.

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