Tennessee Bill That Increases Protection For Victims Of Stalking And Harassment Passes Out Of Committee And Heads To Senate Floor

Mar 12, 2024 | Political News

A proposed law that would provide lifetime protection for victims of stalking and harassment passed by roll call vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday.

All nine members of the committee, led by Senator Todd Gardenhire (R-Chattanooga-District 10), voted unanimously to send the bill to the full Senate floor for a final vote.

Sponsored by Senator Paul Rose (R-Lauderdale, Shelby, and Tipton Counties-District 32) Senate Bill 1699 (SB1699) expands eligibility for filing petitions to obtain lifetime orders of protection that includes victims of aggravated stalking, especially aggravated stalking, and felony harassment.

As guest speaker Nikki Goeser testified,victims of stalking and harassment are currently required to renew orders of protection annually with the courts which ends up continually retraumatizing victims. Goeser appeared before lawmakers three years ago when the Tennessee General Assembly was considering the original lifetime orders of protection bill which became state law on July 1st, 2021.