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AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEFINITION OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, REVISING STATUTES CONCERNING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, CHILD CUSTODY, FAMILY RELATIONS MATTER FILINGS AND BIGOTRY OR BIAS CRIMES AND CREATING A PROGRAM TO PROVIDE LEGAL COUNSEL TO INDIGENTS IN RESTRAINING ORDER CASES.

The House of Representatives on June 4 passed SB 1091. Before that vote, Republicans offered an alternative aimed at strenghtening the legislation. 

Adopted legislation

House Republican Amendment (LCO 10071)

Makes coercive control a new form of domestic violence.

Makes a pattern or practice of intentional coercive control a new form of domestic violence. Retains Democrats' definition.

Coercive control includes:

  • isolating someone from relatives or other sources of support
  • Depriving someone necessities
  • Monitoring or controlling behavior, finances
  • Intimidation or threats
  • Intimidation by abusing animals
  • Threats of sexual acts or release of sexual images

Coercive control includes:

  • isolating someone from relatives or other sources of support
  • Depriving someone necessities
  • Monitoring or controlling behavior, finances
  • Intimidation or threats
  • Intimidation by abusing animals
  • Threats of sexual acts or release of sexual images

Requires courts to allow remote testimony. Deviates from tradition on service of process, allowing service by e-mail.

Restores current law that gives the court discretion to authorize remote testimony if circumstances warrant and eliminate the change to service of process.

Adds violation of a protective order or condition of release for an offense based on family violence as a "family violence crime."

Adds violation of a protective order or condition of release for an offense based on family violence as a "family violence crime."

Creates a grant program to fund access to counsel for indigent applicants for restraining and protective orders; limits program eligibility to only five of the state's 13 judicial districts.

Expands eligibility of the grant program statewide.

When a tenant is protected by a restraining or protective order and asks their landlord to change their locks, gives the landlord six hours to respond and 48 hours to comply.

Gives the landlord four hours of extra time to respond, but requires compliance twice as fast.

Requires a landlord to cover the cost of the locksmith and then seek reimbursement.

Directs the locksmith to bill the tenant, who ultimately has responsibility to pay under either proposal.

Silent on dilatory motions in family matters cases.

Directs the Judicial Branch to hold a hearing on a rule expansion that would limit unnecessary motions.

Does not offer assistance those who have to hire an attorney to enforce family court orders.

Requires the court to award attorney's fees in cases where a party has been found in contempt for failure to comply with a family court order.