Sch­wank votes in fa­vor of bills pro­tect­ing vic­tims of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence

Northern Berks Patriot Item - - LOCAL NEWS - From Sen. Sch­wank’s Of­fice

State Sen. Judy Sch­wank (D-Berks) voted in fa­vor of a pack­age of bi­par­ti­san bills per­tain­ing to do­mes­tic vi­o­lence. The bills are aimed to em­power vic­tims of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence by help­ing them leave their abusers and con­trol­ling their abusers’ ac­cess to firearms.

Most no­table in the pack­age is SB 501, which re­quires do­mes­tic abusers to sur­ren­der their firearms to law en­force­ment or to a li­censed firearms dealer. If en­acted, Sch­wank said the law would pro­tect the vul­ner­a­ble.

“This bill would be­come law in 180 days af­ter pas­sage by the House and the sig­na­ture of the Gover­nor, and from the time it comes into en­force­ment it will def­i­nitely save lives of women and chil­dren at risk of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence,” Sch­wank said. “This bill will go a long way in our fight to keep men, women and chil­dren safe from do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.”

These are the bills which were voted by the Se­nate on March 21:

SB 313: Helps do­mes­tic vi­o­lence vic­tims re­move abusers from a shared tele­phone plan.

SB 449: Also known as Tierne’s Law, will al­low Mag­is­te­rial District Judges to use a risk as­sess­ment tool when de­ter­min­ing bail in do­mes­tic vi­o­lence cases.

SB 500: Gives vic­tims the op­por­tu­nity to have law en­force­ment with them be­fore or af­ter a Pro­tec­tion-From-Abuse or­der is served.

SB 501: Re­quires do­mes­tic abusers to sur­ren­der their firearms to law en­force­ment or a li­censed firearms dealer.

SB 502: Al­lows courts to more eas­ily ex­tend a PFA or­der when an abuser is re­leased from cus­tody.

SB 919: Helps vic­tims of do­mes­tic or sex­ual vi­o­lence who live in pub­lic hous­ing re­lo­cate to an­other unit.

SB 1011: Also known as Marsy’s Law, amends the state Con­sti­tu­tion to cre­ate a crime vic­tims’ “Bill of Rights.”

Other than SB 449, which passed on con­cur­rence, the bills now move to the House for con­sid­er­a­tion.

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