LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY

KCADV is committed to advocating for legislative change that will improve the lives of domestic violence survivors and their children at both the state and federal levels. 

KCADV's two top legislative priorities for 2017 - HB 309 with the provisions of SB 86 attached - became law in late June 2017.

 

Leasing Protections for Victims of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, Assault, and Stalking

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  • Offers leasing protections for victims of domestic violence who have a court-issued order of protection. 
  • Prohibits landlords from refusing to rent to or evicting victims of violence solely because they have a court-ordered issue of protection. 
  • Enables tenants with court orders to change the locks of a rented residence, although they must inform their landlords of their intention to install new locks.
  • Affords victims with a domestic violence order or interpersonal protective order the right to terminate a lease by giving a landlord 30 days' written notice. A landlord is not allowed to submit a bad credit history entry against the protected tenant for early termination.
  • Allows a landlord to bar a perpetrator from the property, terminate a perpetrator's name from a lease, and evict and deny a perpetrator access to the housing unit, while still holding a perpetrator liable for fees, damages, and unpaid rent. The measure applies only to leases created or renewed after the law is effective.

 

Replacing Domestic Violence Mandatory Reporting with Education and Referral Resources (formerly SB 86)

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  • Replaces the spouse abuse mandatory reporting law with a requirement that a broadly defined group of professionals must provide victims of domestic or dating violence and abuse with educational materials related to domestic violence, referral information for accessing regional domestic violence programs or rape crisis centers, and information about how to access protective orders.
  • Professional means a physician, osteopathic physician, coroner, medical examiner, medical resident, medical intern, chiropractor, nurse, dentist, optometrist, emergency medical technician, paramedic, licensed mental health professional, therapist, cabinet employee, child-care personnel, teacher, school personnel, ordained minister or the denominational equivalent, victim advocate, or any organization or agency employing any of these professionals.

 

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