A massive domestic violence reform package from New Orleans Democrats Helena Moreno and J.P. Morrell has survived the House and Senate this week.
This morning, the Louisiana House overwhelmingly passed three bills from state Rep. Moreno’s House package, which deals with criminal law for domestic violence offenders. House Bill 753 prohibits a domestic violence offender from possessing a firearm while under a protective order; House Bill 747 adds “domestic abuse aggravated assault” to the Louisiana Criminal Code’s crimes of violence list and makes a second conviction for domestic abuse battery a felony; and House Bill 750 requires judges to expedite protective orders into the Louisiana Protective Order Registry. The bills met no opposition and are pending introduction on the Senate floor.
On Tuesday, April 1, state Sen. Morrell's civil bills passed the Louisiana Senate 39-0 and head to the House Committee on Civil Law and Procedure.
Morrell’s Senate Bill 291 allows domestic violence survivors to be awarded punitive damages, which currently apply only in drunk driving and statutory rape cases. Senate Bill 292 allows for an immediate divorce if a family member is physically or sexually abused or if there is an active protective order against the spouse.
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