News From The Colorado Capitol
House Bill 1060 Passes Senate, Headed to Gov.
Last Wednesday, State Rep Mille Hamner announced via her Facebook Page that “HB15-1060 – More protections for victims of sexual assault – passed the Senate with unanimous bipartisan support,” on March 10, 2015. Earlier in this legislative session the act passed the House by a vote of 60-3. Now, it’s on to Governor John Hickenlooper’s desk for signature into law. Leadville Today will bring you that news when it happens.
HB15 – 1060 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.
“I brought this expansion of Vonnie’s Law in her memory, and to prevent future tragedies of this type,” Rep. Hamner said.
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.