House Ways and Means Chairman Dan Cooper spending most of his time working on the state budget. He has, however, filed legislation dealing with domestic violence.
The Anderson representative proposes a state registry of offenders at the request of a constituent…
…who has been beaten by a spouse, and she wasn’t the first one apparently that he had. And there’s no tracking unlike other things we do, but there’s just no tracking of that at this point.
Representative Cooper says it would be similar to the registry for sexual predators. The reason he says:
It may stop the next person from being victimized by these people, who apparently routinely do it; or get married, beat up their spouse, they wind up in divorce court, and they get another spouse and do the same thing. So, at least you can know that going in, because apparently, in this case, the guy changed from the sweet guy she dated to this other person.
Cooper’s proposal for a statewide domestic violence registry is House bill 32-11.