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♦Holding habitual domestic abusers more accountable

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Rep. Kit Roupe - Colorado Springs (HD 17)

Holding habitual domestic abusers more accountable

By Representative Kit Roupe (R-Colorado Springs)

Sadly, many domestic violence victims find themselves at the mercy of repeat offenders who evade long-term sentences for their habitual abuse. It is heartbreaking to imagine the continued fear victims must live in knowing their offender may only serve a short jail term for their most-recent offense. It is with their heavy burden in mind that I carry legislation to support district attorneys who seek to hold habitual offenders more accountable for their repeated abuse. My bill, House Bill 1066, strengthens existing statutory language to help DA's prosecute habitual abuse and help ensure offenders' sentences account for repeated crimes.

When prosecutors are charging an offender, they will most often seek the stiffest penalty for the crime that offers the best chance of conviction. Current statute allows a DA to prosecute a domestic violence offender with prior related charges as habitual, but the language is unclear and makes proving habitual behavior more difficult. House Bill 1066 establishes statewide court procedures for juries to review an offender's criminal history as it relates to their current charge in order to determine a pattern of domestic violence. If an offender is determined to be habitual, a DA may prosecute a subsequent assault as a class 5 felony, instead of resorting to a misdemeanor charge. A felony conviction can greatly increase the sentence, and can be the difference of years in prison rather than months in jail.

Last week, the House of Representatives unanimously passed House Bill 1066, which now moves on to the Senate where I expect my Senate colleagues will join me in helping to protect domestic violence victims. Domestic abuse is a tragic reality we must confront, and I am hopeful that holding habitual offenders accountable for a totality of their crimes will help protect victims tormented by this kind of violence.

If you have thoughts on this issue or would like more information, please feel free to contact me. Thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter and you can keep up with all of our caucus updates by following us on Twitter and Instagram, liking us on Facebook or visiting www.COHouseGOP.com.

Sincerely,

Kit Roupe

Weekly Update

Representative Jon Becker (R-Fort Morgan) gives the House GOP weekly update for the week of February 19th.

He discusses two of his bills that now move to a vote of the House Finance Committee--HB 1174 which helps people currently in conservation easement disputes and 1087 which will ease vendor fees on small businesses--and highlights HB 1066 which protects domestic violence victims.

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Upcoming Bills

**Wednesday, February 24th**

House State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee

Press Releases

In the News

 Tweets of the Week 

It was great to have some of the leadership of the State Future Farmers of America (FFA) on the House Floor and also at the Joint Agriculture Committee Hearing on forest health.

Passed! HB1104 Summons in lieu of Warrant, on to Senate! TY legislators & friends! #coleg #KitRoupe

Today was wear red for women's heart health. Representative Primavera and I sponsored joint resolution SJR-16-008

Capitol Pictures

Representative Jim Wilsom (R-Salida) welcomes Sheriff Chad Day and Under Sheriff Adam Wills of Yuma County to the State Capitol.

Media preview

Representative J. Paul Brown (R-Ignacio) welcomes Jesus Rubio, Chamisa Edd, Tori Archuleta, and Cameron Garcia, from Ignacio High School's Gifted and Talented program, to the Capitol.

Media preview

Members of the House Wear Red Day to bring awareness to women's heart health.  

Representative Lori Saine (R-Firestone) stops by the VFW in Frederick for breakfast.

You can keep up with all of our updates by following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook or visiting COHouseGOP.com.

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