The Tennessee House of Representatives has approved an initiative sponsored by Representative Timothy Hill (R-Blountville) that cracks down on domestic violence offenders.
House Bill 516 raises minimum fines against those who knowingly violate orders of protection or restraining orders from $25 to $100.
It is part of a much larger Republican-led effort in recent years to enhance protections for victims of domestic violence and abuse.
“This measure increases penalties against those who violate orders of protection and who must be held accountable for their actions,” said Representative Hill. “It is an honor to bring this legislation in support of victims and their families. I will continue to partner with our law enforcement agencies so we can enhance safety for the citizens of our community and this state.”
In 2018, Hill also supported legislation that created the “Safe at Home Address Confidentiality Program.” This measure keeps the personal addresses of domestic violence victims confidential and off certain government records.
House Bill 516 now awaits action in the Senate. Timothy Hill is Chairman of the House Commerce Committee. He is also a member of the House Calendar & Rules Committee, as well as the Business, Utilities, Banking & Investments, and Life & Health Insurance
Subcommittees. Hill represents Tennessee House District 3, which includes Johnson, and part of Carter and Sullivan Counties. Hill can be reached by email at: Rep.Timothy.Hill@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-2050.