SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – A number of bills filed for the 2019 legislative session are tackling Utah’s domestic violence problem.
Some of the bills introduced this session include:
State Rep. Angela Romero’s bill, H.B. 19, looks to protect victims of domestic violence from their alleged abusers by changing the conditions for release from jail after a domestic violence arrest, among other changes. The bill would make it so the suspect can’t have any personal contact with the alleged victim while out on bail.
A bill sponsored by State. Sen. Allen Christensen’s bill, S.B. 45, would include “aggravated cruelty to an animal” on the list of possible domestic violence offenses.
H.B. 92 would require the State to collect and study data on many forms of violence, including domestic. The goal of State Rep. Susan Pulsipher’s bill is to “inform policymakers regarding the nature, prevalence, and impact of violence in Utah.”
H.B. 137, sponsored by State Rep. Stephanie Pitcher, would enhance the penalty for repeated domestic violence offenses.
Rep. Robert Spendlove is working on a bill that would utilize GPS technology to warn domestic violence victims when an offender is nearby.