Wednesday, March 21, 2012
The Kansas Senate has approved a measure that adds protections for victims of stalking and domestic violence.
Kansas Senate this week approved a version of the measure that the
House passed earlier. The bill now heads to conference committee.
The bill would make violations of protection from stalking and protection from abuse orders a level 6 felony. Such crimes are now
misdemeanors. The measure also would allow judges to extend the
length of time that protection orders are valid, up to life. Orders are now valid for up to one year, and victims have to reapply every year.
KBI deputy director Kyle Smith, who helped write the bill, said a new law would be a welcome change for victims and advocates.