Senate approves bill to protect domestic violence victims

The Pennsylvania Senate approved Senator Lisa Boscola's legislation Wednesday that enables domestic abuse victims, with protection from abuse orders, to get out of shared cellphone contracts. 

Boscola says an abuser will terminate their victim's phone service in many cases, or use the plan to track down their victim. She says this bill enables wireless companies to protect a victim's phone service by cutting the contract. 

"Knowing that access to a reliable and secure cellular phone can be critical to domestic violence victims, my legislation provides an additional layer of security and protection,” Boscola said. “I am encouraged by the overwhelming bipartisan vote and am hopeful the House will act quickly on my bill."

Bill 313 is part of a bipartisan legislative package, which includes other initiatives to protect domestic violence victims. The bill, which the Senate approved unanimously, will now head to the House of Representatives for consideration. 

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