SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah proposal seeking to better protect victims of sexual violence after they report to police is headed to the governor's desk for final approval.Comment on this story
The Utah Senate approved HB19 unanimously Thursday with two senators not voting. The measure from Rep. Angela Romero, D-Salt Lake City, provides guidance for judges, police and attorneys on possible no-contact protective orders ahead of a trial.
The bill clarifies that judges can impose the orders on those accused of sex crimes or abusing children and vulnerable adults in addition to domestic violence. It stipulates that some limited visits with kids under the age of 18 are still allowed.
Under the measure, the orders would expire if no criminal charges are filed.