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Gov. Sanford signs bill to stiffen punishments for domestic violence
Benj Buck
June 7, 2005

This morning in the Statehouse, Governor Mark Sanford did his part to help “make the women of our state safer” by signing H. 3984.  Governor Sanford told by-standers, “Nothing is more central to quality of life than being safe in your home.”


The law, which becomes effective in 2006, stiffens fines and penalties for domestic violence.  Promoters for this bill are thankful for the progress in a problem that has received much attention in the last several months. 


South Carolina lawmaker’s carefree dealings and poorly thought out comments concerning domestic abuse have drawn much attention in the state.  Today, supporters cheer in victory.  Last week Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter (D-Orangeburg), the original sponsor for the bill, told WIStv, “Were it not for those voices raising up and saying guess what, we want better, we wouldn’t be there today.”


[Photo provided the South Carolina Governor’s Office.]

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