Panel approves new anti-stalking legislation

Posted at 5:28 PM, Mar 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-17 19:28:03-04

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- An Idaho House panel approved legislation on Thursday that would increase protections for victims in stalking cases.

The House Judiciary, Rules and Administration voted unanimously in favor of the bill after about an hour of testimony from law enforcement and victim advocates supporting the measure.

It amends the current stalking law so that victims can file protective orders against stalkers, even if they are not romantically involved with or related to the stalker.

 It also provides criminal consequences for violating an order of protection.

Boise Police Department Cpl. Sherri Cameron says most of her domestic violence cases involve stalking. She says the new legislation will help keep victims safe while investigating and prosecuting a case.

The measure must pass the House before landing on Gov. C. L. "Butch" Otter's desk.