Radio Report: House unanimously approves Mosbrucker bill to close loophole and protect domestic violence victims

A bipartisan measure that would ensure the Department of Corrections supervise repeat domestic violence offenders passed the state House of Representatives unanimously Tuesday. Kelley Payne reports.

 Radio Report Transcript

PAYNE: A loophole in state law has allowed felony domestic violent offenders to be unsupervised upon release from prison as they pursue their victims.

Representative Gina Mosbrucker of Goldendale is the author of House Bill 2048. The measure would remove the words, “pleaded and proven” as a requirement before domestic violent offenders could be supervised.

MOSBRUCKER: “When we go through the court process, the judge is told that they will be supervised, the attorneys are told that they will be supervised, and most of all, the victim and survivor is told that they will be supervised. When they’re not, the system breaks down.”

PAYNE: Mosbrucker, the ranking Republican on the House Community Safety, Justice, and Reentry Committee, says it’s time to make sure domestic violence survivors are protected.

MOSBRUCKER: “Fear follows crime. And I ask that you help me make sure that we’re doing everything we can to help those who are survivors of domestic violence begin to feel safe and to heal.”

PAYNE: The bill passed 97 to 0. It now goes to the Senate for further consideration.

Kelley Payne, the state Capitol.


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