Archive for Thursday, February 18, 2010

Domestic violence legislation advanced

February 18, 2010, 3:37 p.m. Updated February 18, 2010, 3:38 p.m.

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— The Kansas House on Thursday advanced legislation aimed at reducing domestic violence and improving ways to identify offenders and steer them to treatment.

State Rep. Pat Colloton, R-Leawood, called House Bill 2517 “one of the most important” public safety measures of the legislative session, and she cited the murder of Jana Mackey as she urged House passage. A final vote on the bill is expected Friday.

Mackey, a Kansas University law student, was killed in 2008 in Lawrence by a former boyfriend, who subsequently committed suicide. Mackey was well-known for her work on many social justice issues.

Mackey’s parents, Christie and Curt Brungardt, have been pushing for the bill. Christie Brungardt was in the House gallery Thursday during discussion of the measure.

The bill would expand the kinds of crimes that could be considered as domestic violence and require authorities to direct offenders into treatment programs.

Comments

Stuart Evans 5 years, 3 months ago

what exactly are the additions that can now be considered domestic violence? The current definition seems pretty clear to me. Does it account for emotional distress? usually those being emotionally abused don't let that secret out. so how would one identify an abuser?

This just seems to be a legislative body hell bent on redefining existing laws that already cover A-Z.

Robert Rauktis 5 years, 3 months ago

If the law is more complex, is it more ineffective?

OldEnuf2BYurDad 5 years, 3 months ago

If someone beat my daughter to death, I'd probably be motivated to pursue something like this, regardless of whether or not it was more effective or even rational. I think that's just how it would be for a parent in that situation.

doc1 5 years, 3 months ago

Not sure about the new ones but some of the old ones are ridiculous. Say you get into an argument with your spouse and you take your anger out on the phone in your hand by throwing it on the ground and breaking it. You can be arrested for domestic criminal damage. It's happened.

babyjontheway 5 years, 3 months ago

This legislation is dumb I have read it and it requires non violent offenders, ie. theft, and minor drug offenses to seek treatment for domestic violence. I know of at least 2 people who are currently required to go to these classes and one stoled a camera and the other had a joint on him, niether were violent offenders nor were thier offenses violent. This is just another ploy for our state to get more money.

Liberty275 5 years, 3 months ago

They never cite the hundreds of millions of spouses that don't hurt or kill each other. It isn't like assault and murder aren't already illegal, we need to make it illegal again. Maybe if we make it illegal a million times people will live another week and the problem will be solved by a meteor destroying the earth.

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