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Domestic violence bills heard in Maryland

Friday - 2/21/2014, 8:24pm  ET

Md. lawmakers consider beefing up domestic violence laws

Mike Murillo, WTOP

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BRIAN WITTE
Associated Press

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Two of Maryland's leading Democratic candidates for governor are focusing on supporting measures to reduce domestic violence in the state.

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown testified on Friday for a package of legislation. Attorney General Doug Gansler wants to give judges discretion to add five years on to a sentence for someone who commits domestic violence in front of a child.

Brown is backing a similar measure. The lieutenant governor also supports a bill to add second-degree assault to a list of crimes for which a person can obtain a final protective order. Brown also is pushing for another measure to make it easier to obtain a final protective order by reducing the standard of evidence needed to get one from "clear and convincing" to "a preponderance of the evidence.


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