Killion Supports Bill In Committee That Would Help Protect Victims of Domestic Violence

Senator Tom Killion (R-9) today voted in favor of legislation in the Senate Urban Affairs & Housing Committee that would amend the Housing Authorities Law to allow a victim of domestic violence to request relocation.

I am proud to support Senate Bill 1387, legislation that was developed with input from the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence,” Killion said. “It is a good first step in efforts we can take to end violence against women.”

Domestic violence continues to plague our communities across the state.  In 2015, the 60 community centers providing services throughout the Commonwealth assisted more than 89,000 victims of domestic violence.

Senate Bill 1387 would allow a tenant of a housing authority to request they be relocated to another unit under the control of the authority or in the same geographic region when they certify to a housing authority that they are the victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking.  The housing authority would have 5 days to approve a request and 30 days to relocate the individual and other members of their household.  The housing authority would be prohibited, absent a court order, from releasing the new address of the tenant.

“Senate Bill 1387 will help save a lot of lives,” Killion said. “October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Pennsylvania, and there is no better time to bring forth this important legislation.”

Senate Bill 1387 now goes to the full Senate for consideration.

CONTACT:

Office of Sen. Killion:            Krista Hair (717) 787-4712