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Domestic Violence Bills Heard by Md. lawmakers

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland lawmakers are hearing from victims of domestic violence about how several changes in the law would increase protections for them.

A Senate panel held a hearing on the measures Tuesday. Gov. Martin O’Malley’s administration is highlighting three bills in particular.

One would make it easier for victims to obtain a protective order by changing the standard of evidence needed to get one.

Another would change the law to add second-degree assault to the list of crimes for which a person can obtain a final protective order.

A third measure would enable courts to impose an additional five years in prison on someone who commits domestic violence in front of a child.

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