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Domestic abuse bill dies in committee

A bill that would have made domestic abuse grounds for divorce has died in committee.

Senate bill 2703 was killed in the Judiciary A committee by chairman Rep. Andy Gipson Tuesday morning.

This was the second year in a row that the bill was brought before lawmakers.

“I looked at it with some seriousness, trying to figure out the purpose of the bill,” said Gipson. “the law already addresses situations of domestic violence because there already is a grounds for divorce for habitual cruel or inhumane treatment, which would address domestic abuse.”

Rep. Gipson said he had other concerns about the wording of the bill.

“Without the definition of domestic violence,” said Gipson. “It could include someone raising their voice one or two times. Every couple has situations when they don’t get along… I just didn’t want to open the floodgates for every couple to have grounds for divorce.”

 

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