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HOUSE BILL 477, Allison’s Law/Use of GPS Tracking Device/DVPO. This legislation was passed by the House and will be considered by the Senate in the 2014 session. It would allow a domestic violence protective order to include a provision that a defendant the court finds has committed an act of domestic violence be subject to electronic monitoring by means of a Global Positioning System (GPS) tracking device or other similar device as a form of relief. Various stakeholders, including the Coalition Against Domestic Violence, law enforcement and the Department of Public Safety have been asked to work through some of the issues and practical considerations of the legislation.

2014 STATE BUDGET. The 2013 state budget passed with no cuts to Domestic Violence program funding, however the tax reform package passed this year, increased Medicaid spending and other drivers will continue to put pressure on budget writers to finds cuts and savings across state government. The Coalition and our allies will continue to advocate strongly with legislative leaders, committee Chairs and members to protect full domestic violence program funding in the 2014 state budget update.

BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS CONSOLIDATION. Legislation was introduced in 2013 which would have combined the Domestic Violence Commission and the North Carolina Council for Women into a new Commission on Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Displaced Homemakers. The bill would have also changed the funding structure for Domestic Violence. The bill did not pass with the House or the Senate and is no longer eligible for consideration during the 2014 session, however there it was an example of a trend among legislators toward consolidation of Boards and Commissions. We will remain vigilant to ensure such a measure is not included in any legislation that does receive consideration during the 2014 session.


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