A state legislative
committee has scheduled a public hearing on a bill aimed at better
protecting people who file for civil restraining orders.
The Judiciary Committee has scheduled the hearing for 10 a.m. Monday.
Lawmakers are considering several new protections
for people who apply for restraining orders, including preventing the
subjects of the orders from turning off home utilities and canceling
insurance policies and requiring them to continue making mortgage
The bill also would increase the penalties for
violating restraining orders to up to 10 years in prison and up to
$10,000 in fines, from five years in prison and $5,000 in fines.
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