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Stadelman proposal to assist domestic violence victims becomes law

Stadelman proposal to assist domestic violence victims becomes lawSPRINGFIELD – Legislation sponsored by State Senator Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford) that will help victims escape abusive situations by giving them up to 60 days to pay initial deposits on gas, electric and water bills is one of the new laws that will take effect in a few days on January 1, 2016.

Under the law, deposits must still be paid but victims have more time to get their finances in order so they can move out. Many domestic violence victims are forced to stay in dangerous environments because they don’t have the resources to leave.

“One of the largest issues many domestic violence victims face is trying to find the financial resources to leave their abusers,” Stadelman said. This new law gives victims additional time to get their affairs in order to let them move to a safe place faster than ever before.

The legislation, Senate Bill 1645, passed both houses and was signed by the governor earlier this year.

Sen. Steve Stadelman

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34th Legislative District

Years served: 2013 - Present

Committee assignments: Financial Institutions; Higher Education; Public Health; Revenue; Telecommunications & InfoTechnology (Chairperson); Transportation.

Biography: Earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Worked as a news anchor/reporter for WTVO-Channel 17 for 25 years, In 2003, his coverage of the state's death penalty earned him an Associated Press award for Best Documentary.

Associated Representatives:
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