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Missouri Senate approves stricter domestic violence laws

Thursday, April 21, 2011 | 5:29 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — Legislation overhauling Missouri's domestic violence laws for the first time since the 1970s has won unanimous approval in the state Senate.

Thursday's vote was 33-0. The bill now moves to the House.

Among other things, the wide-ranging measure would require state prosecutors rather than local authorities handle cases involving repeat domestic violence offenders.

It would also exempt victims from paying filing fees when they ask a court to enforce a protection order.

Several of its provisions were recommended earlier this year by a state domestic violence task force. The Senate sponsor, Sen. John Lamping, R-Ladue, said the changes will help law enforcement officials keep women and families safer.


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