AG Gansler Applauds Final General Assembly Approval of Bill That Provides Protections for Child Victims of Domestic Violence
Baltimore, MD (April 4, 2014) - After an eight-year effort to address this issue, the Maryland House of Delegates this morning gave final passage to legislation that would allow judges to enhance punishments for those who commit acts of domestic violence in the presence of a child. The language of the bill that passed mirrored very similar legislation introduced again this year by Delegate Luiz Simmons and long championed by Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, who made it a part of his priority legislative agenda for 2014.
"This bill has always been about deterring such crimes and protecting children from the lifelong effects of domestic violence. Those of us who have supported this law all along are grateful to the members of the General Assembly for their overwhelming support this year. I specifically want to thank Delegate Luiz Simmons for never giving up. We're just glad for this victory on behalf of Maryland children and families."