Judiciary Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

HB-5341

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING THE DESIGNATION OF A PERSON CONVICTED OF CRIMINAL VIOLATION OF A STANDING CRIMINAL PROTECTIVE ORDER AS A PERSISTENT OFFENDER.

Vote Date:

3/28/2014

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable Substitute

PH Date:

3/3/2014

File No.:

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Judiciary Committee

REASONS FOR BILL:

Requested by Garvin Ambrose, Office of Victim Advocate

Proposed Substitute: Subjects a standing criminal protective order violator to an enhanced penalty for persistent offenders if, in addition to violating the order, he or she has a prior conviction for certain crimes. It ensures that anywhere the term standing criminal protective order is used in the statutes, it includes standing criminal restraining orders issued before October 1, 2010.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

Office of the Victim Advocate, Garvin Ambrose: Supports this bill. While section 53a-40d of the Connecticut General Statutes includes the crimes of criminal violation of a protective order, and criminal violation of a restraining order it does not include the crime of criminal violation of a standing criminal protective order. This legislative proposal attempts to fill that void to include that offense. As the persistent offender statute for stalking, threatening, and harassment-related offenders is intended to protect victims and hold accountable offenders who demonstrate non-compliance with court orders, it makes sense to include the offense of criminal violation of a standing criminal protective order to the list of offenses under C.G.S. 53a-40d. This bill would offer such protection.

Division of Criminal Justice, Kevin Kane, Chief States Attorney: Supports this bill. This bill would strengthen the persistent offender statutes by adding criminal violations of a standing criminal protective order to the offenses for which the provision of the persistent offender statute can be applied.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

None Submitted.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

None Submitted.

Reported by: George Marinelli

April 7, 2014