Rep. Larry Howes, R-Hackensack, is authoring a bill that would help Minnesota's public safety agencies coordinate efforts to prevent violence against women.
His bill would create a director of domestic violence and sexual abuse prevention, and an inter-agency task force of representatives from more than 15 law enforcement and civil service organizations.
"This task force would be unlike anything else in the country," Howes said. "Our various state agencies and non-profit groups have been fighting their individual battles against domestic violence, but until now, we've never had a unified effort. Thanks to the efforts of Audrey Iverson and Flo Hedeen from Park Rapids this bill is becoming a reality."
Sen. Ember Reichgott Junge, DFL-New Hope, is sponsoring a companion bill in the Senate. Her bill has passed the appropriate committees and is waiting to be approved by the Senate in the next few weeks.
Howes' bill was approved last week by the House Government Operations Committee and will move to the House floor for debate in the next couple of weeks.
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