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House bill would change abuser treatment

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KENNEWICK, Wash.--  Legislators in Olympia will soon vote on a bill that makes changes to how people charged with domestic violence are treated.

Proponents of House bill 2827 hope it makes victims of domestic abuse safer. Yesterday, it passed Representative Brad Klippert's public safety committee. If it passes the House and Senate it will require those arrested to see a judge before they might be released on bail. But would it help at all to reduce domestic violence?

Domestic Violence Services in Kennewick says no extra amount of time in jail matters. They say domestic abuse is more than just a one time occurrence.

Still, Franklin and Benton counties already require domestic violence offenders to stay in jail before they see a judge. The state law would only change what is common county rule into a firmer law.