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The dating partner loophole was made clear, Wineski said, by the case of former state Sen.
Troy Brown, who resigned his seat in February after he was twice convicted in a four-month period of committing simple battery on his girlfriend and later, misdemeanor domestic abuse battery of his wife.
Dan Claitor, a Republican from Baton Rouge, is the bill's co-author who will carry it for Moreno on the Senate side.
- Prosecutors can present evidence of past domestic violence, unless a judge finds it problematic, in cases of defendants charged with battery of a dating partner, prosecutors - Offenders charged with battery of a dating partner are prohibited from possessing a firearm while any protective orders barring contact with the victim are active. Helena Moreno, D-New Orleans, speaks Tuesday, May 2, 2017, on the House floor at the Capitol in Baton Rouge.Moreno is sponsoring a bill that would apply protections for domestic abuse battery victims to "dating partners." (Photo by Sarah Gamard, Manship School News Service) After a college student in Southwest Louisiana strangled his girlfriend last year in her dorm room, the campus police officer who investigated the case got in touch with an anti-domestic violence advocacy group to voice his frustration, the group's director said."Dating partner" shall not include a casual relationship or ordinary association between persons in a business or social context.A prosecutor in Jefferson Parish District Attorney Paul Connick Jr.'s office helped Moreno drafting the definition of "dating partner." Former prosecutor Sen.
Wineski said Brown's case showed how police and prosecutors are hamstrung when prosecuting someone who is "repeating abusive behavior," but because of the definition of who domestic abuse battery applies to, are unable "to hold him appropriately accountable." Brown on Tuesday declined to comment on his convictions but said he understood from his time as a lawmaker how legislation can be affected by "situations and circumstances." "I can understand and respect my former colleagues for pursuing that (change) to the domestic violence laws," Brown said of the dating partner battery legislation.