Domestic violence bill killed in committee
ANNAPOLIS - A Maryland House of Delegates committee has killed legislation supporters said would have put more teeth into protective court orders issued in domestic violence cases.
Del. D. Bruce Poole, D-Washington, the bill's sponsor, had a similar bill defeated last year in the House Judiciary Committee.
"I'm surprised. I think this is probably one of those issues that won't pass into law until you have a very high-visibility tragedy," he said Tuesday.
Under the legislation, a person who killed someone who had sought a protective order against them automatically would have faced a first-degree murder charge.