Utah Senate OKs dating violence protection bill

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – A measure that aims to curb dating violence by allowing victims to obtain a protective order is now headed to the governor.

The Utah Senate approved the bill on a 24-4 vote Tuesday night.

Democratic Rep. Jennifer Seelig of Salt Lake City sponsored the legislation, which she says fills in a gap in state laws.

The legislation allows victims of relationship violence to obtain a 180-day restraining order. If a court later finds that someone was wrongly accused of dating violence, the person can have the act expunged from his or her record.

Critics of the bill say courts already offer protective orders and ambiguous relationships could lead to people filing false restraining orders. Opponents also wanted the legislation to specify the gender of the people in a relationship.

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