Gov. signs violence, assault bills

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By Carol A. Clark

Two key pieces of his anti-domestic violence initiative have been signed into law by Gov. Bill Richardson. He also plans to sign a bill aimed at protecting victims of sexual assault during the investigation and prosecution of their cases. “When I first ran for governor, I made it a priority to fix the bureaucracy and criminal justice system that had systematically failed victims of domestic violence,” Richardson said in a news release. “We’ve come a long way, and with the stroke of a pen today, we are taking a huge step in this extraordinary effort to stop domestic violence in New Mexico.” During the bill signing, Richardson thanked the bills’ sponsors, Domestic Violence Czar Sharon Pino and First Lady Barbara Richardson for their dedication and hard work in getting these bills passed. “We’ve been pushing for these initiatives for several years,” said the First Lady. “We refused to give up because we knew there were victims counting on us who deserved this level of protection.”  SB68 increases the penalties for domestic violence offenders.

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