A bill that would allow Utahns to seek protective orders against potentially dangerous dating partners earned a favorable vote Wednesday from the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The Dating Violence Protective Act, HB50, passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on a 7-1 vote. The bill would allow adults and emancipated minors to ask judges for protective orders against people they are dating. State law now allows only spouses and people living together to ask for protective orders.
The bill was approved after an hour-long discussion led by sponsor Rep. Jennifer Seelig, D-Salt Lake City. Seelig provided an array of statistics about violence in dating relationships, noted that 42 other states have similar laws, and said the bill would "fill a gap in the Utah code."