SALT LAKE CITY — Abuse in dating relationships and protective orders for people in those relationships has been addressed in legislation that has cleared the Senate.
The measure provides pages of definitions for abuse and what connotes a dating relationship.
The bill, HB 50, has been described as a means of bridging the gap between protections for juveniles and for those who are married. The protective orders involved would be for 180 days.
Senators voted 24-4 on Tuesday afternoon to approve the measure. The bill now advances to the governor’s desk for further consideration.
Utah is one of only eight states that does not offer that protection in dating relationships, said Rep. Jennifer Seelig, D-Salt Lake, the bill sponsor.