NH 1 reviews significant relief for crime victims coming from new laws effective today
By KEVIN LANDRIGAN
While we ring in the new year, Governor Maggie Hassan has her name penned to sweeping law enforcement protections that start today for victims of domestic abuse, rape and financial crimes against the elderly.
The reality is January 1 is an important day every year in New Hampshire. Why? Regardless of who's in charge, the Legislature has a tradition of making changes in criminal law effective Jan. 1. This allows law enforcement to enforce and track them systematically.
Joshua's Law makes domestic violence its own separate crime, a fitting tribute to Joshua Savyon, the nine-year-old boy shot and killed by his father at the Manchester YWCA 16 months ago.
Retiring Senate Democratic Leader Sylvia Larsen championed the Equal Pay Act to prevent gender discrimination.
NH1 profiled Gary Titus, the face of the law cracking down on those who financially take advance of seniors or the impaired.
``So this new law is really important strengthening protection against financial exploitation for the disabled, for the impaired, for the elderly,'' Hassan said. ``These are all people who have made or are making significant contributions to our communities and this state.''
Nashua Democratic Senator Bette Lasky wrote another law so victims can terminate parental rights of their rapist even without a conviction.
All these significant criminal justice reforms have bipartisan reform so they can be implemented without threat of repeal.
Not so for another significant law, the signature achievement for Governor Maggie Hassan, Medicaid expansion. Conservative Republicans in the House will make a concerted effort to strike it off the books.