published Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Berke bill on domestic violence passes Senate

A bill sponsored by state Sen. Andy Berke, D-Chattanooga, to allow GPS monitoring of domestic violence offenders passed unanimously in the Senate today.

“For years, victims of domestic violence have had to live in fear that their attackers were following their every move,” Berke said in a news release. “With this bill, the attackers will have to live with the knowledge that their victims are tracking them.”

Senate Bill 567 would authorize local judges to order the use of global positioning monitoring systems as a condition of bail in domestic violence cases.

The victim would receive information on the location of the accused offender and would have an electronic monitor to notify when the defendant was in an area covered by an order of protection.

“In cases of extreme stalking and domestic violence, we need to make sure that victims are afforded every possible measure of security," Berke said.

The House version of the bill is scheduled for Judiciary Committee.

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