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Senate backs lease protections for domestic abuse victims

1 year 5 months 2 weeks ago May 07, 2015 May 7, 2015 Thursday, May 07 2015 May 07, 2015 2:26 AM in News
Source: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE- A proposal to give domestic abuse victims new protections from eviction narrowly received passage from the state Senate.

Sen. Sharon Weston Broome, a Baton Rouge Democrat, said her bill was an attempt to keep victims of domestic violence from being rendered homeless.

The proposal would make it illegal to refuse to rent or to terminate a lease based on a domestic dispute. And it would give abuse victims more ways to break a lease.

Landlords object to the measure, saying it takes away their rights and puts them at greater risk of lawsuits. Sen. Danny Martiny, a Kenner Republican, said while Broome is well-intentioned, the bill puts an undue burden on landlords.

The Senate sent the bill to the House with a 21-16 vote Wednesday, one more than it needed.

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