ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Two measures to help battle domestic violence have been passed by the Maryland General Assembly.
The state Senate gave final approval to the measures on Monday night on unanimous votes. The House of Delegates already passed the bills.
They are headed to Gov. Martin O'Malley, whose administration proposed the legislation.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland lawmakers heard from victims of domestic violence about how several changes in the law would increase protections for them.
A Senate panel held a hearing on the measures Tuesday. Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration is highlighting three bills in particular.
One would make it easier for victims to obtain a protective order by changing the standard of evidence needed to get one.
Another would change the law to add second-degree assault to the list of crimes for which a person can obtain a final protective order.
COLUMBIA, Md. (AP) - Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown is scheduled to discuss domestic violence prevention as part of his campaign for governor.
Brown and his running mate, Ken Ulman, plan to announce their "Our Path to Zero" proposal to stop domestic violence and sexual assault in Maryland.
Brown and Ulman will talk about the plan at a press conference Tuesday at the Medical Pavilion at Howard County in Columbia.
Brown is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor.
Del. Cheryl Glenn and family members of domestic violence victims also are scheduled to attend.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence is holding its annual memorial service.
The 25th memorial service will be held in Annapolis on Monday night.
The group holds the service to call attention to the problem of domestic violence. It also focuses on changing laws to reduce the problem, improve victim safety and create greater accountability.
The group says 49 people died in Maryland between July 2011 and June 2012 as a result of domestic violence. The victims included 28 women, 18 men and three children.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - People who leave a job to escape domestic violence would be eligible for unemployment benefits under a measure coming before Maryland lawmakers.
Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown is scheduled to testify in favor of the legislation Tuesday in front of the Senate Finance Committee.
It would apply to someone who leaves a job because continued employment could jeopardize the safety of the person or the person's spouse, child or parent.