OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sHB-5548

AN ACT CONCERNING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.

As Amended by House "A" (LCO 4270)

House Calendar No. : 332

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill makes changes to policies regarding the Judicial Department including: extending restraining orders issued by the court, sending a copy of the order to any education institution the victim attends, creating an ineligibility for the pretrial family violence education program, and expanding restitution eligibility. It is anticipated that the Judicial Department will be able to implement these changes without the need for additional resources.

The bill requires law enforcement agencies to develop guidelines based on the Task Force on Law Enforcement's Response to Family Violence model and submit an annual report to the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP). The bill modifies what conduct constitutes 1st degree threatening and 1st degree stalking. In addition, the bill also requires the Office of State-wide Emergency Telecommunications to study changes to the state-wide emergency 9-1-1 system to allow communication through mobile devices. It is anticipated that DESPP and the local law enforcement agencies will be able to implement these changes without the need for additional resources.

House “A” struck the language of the underlying bill and resulted in the fiscal impact described above.

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact: None