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Jul 5, 2013 6:27 PM by Associated Press

Bill restores rules on domestic violence cases

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The Legislature is reversing course on part of a budget bill related to how local law enforcement agencies handle domestic violence cases.

A bill heading to the Assembly would reinstate requirements that local police departments keep records of restraining orders and adopt standards for responding to domestic violence calls.

The Senate approved AB81 Wednesday on a vote of 37-0, without debate.

Legislation approved last month would have made those measures optional for local agencies. Doing so would mean the state would not have been required to pick up the costs for compliance, as it must when it issues a mandate for local governments to follow.

Domestic violence advocates and some district attorneys say keeping the requirements in state law is important to ensure victims are protected.

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