Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Action Delayed On Burks' Domestic Violence Bill

Action has been deferred on a bill sponsored by State Senator Charlotte Burks of Monterey, which would allow victims of domestic violence to get out of a lease if necessary. Burks talked about the bill before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, and agreed to withhold action on it, so that members of the committee could look over an amendment which clarifies what circumstances would have to apply for someone to get out of a lease. A group representating landlords says they oppose the bill because it holds landlords financially responsible for behavior that they don't have anything to do with, but Burks says the bill is in no way intended as a simple way for someone to get out of a lease. She says the goal is to protect victims of abuse.