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Vonnie’s Law Strengthened By House Bill 1060
Last Monday, Feb. 2, Rep. Millie Hamner’s House Bill 1060 passed the House by a vote of 60-3 and this week moves on to the Senate. The bill dove tails on Vonnie’s Law, also known as the anti-stalking law which was passed in 2012. This new legislation would strength that law and keep those arrested on charges of stalking, domestic violence or sex crimes behind bars a little longer.
Under the current Vonnie’s law, an accused domestic violence offender or stalker must go to a bond hearing before a judge and be issued a written restraining order before release from jail. House Bill 1060 extends these requirements to all sex-offense cases. The legislation is intended to make sure those accused understand the terms, thus eliminating any confusion about seriousness of the mandatory protection orders they receive.
Vonnie’s Voice is a Lake County non-profit whose primary objective is to raise awareness about stalking and support stalking victims’ rights through strengthening legislation. The committee was formed to honor the memory of Vonnie Flores a Leadville kindergarten teacher who was murdered by a stalker in July 2015. The group’s efforts were realized when in May 2012, Gov. John Hickenlooper’s signed HB12-1114 into Vonnie’s Law. For more information about the committee and their local involvement, visit their website: LINK or Facebook Page.