Jones sponsors First Lady’s bill

Published 12:01 am Thursday, March 19, 2015

Rep. Mike Jones (R-Andalusia) is one of two sponsors of Alabama First Lady Dianne Bentley’s proposed legislation aimed at strengthening domestic violence victim services and protection in Alabama.

Mrs. Bentley announced her plans in a press conference on Wednesday. Sen. Clay Scofield (R-Guntersville) is sponsoring the legislation in the Senate.

Since 2011, domestic violence prevention has been a top priority for Mrs. Bentley.

Her proposed legislation establishes a structure of accountability and standards in service provision for domestic violence through the Alabama Department of Economic Development and Community Affairs (ADECA), and provides funds for the operation as well as capital improvements of shelters.

The final part of the legislation will strengthen the provisions relating to domestic violence crime scenes, protection orders and court proceedings.