Johns: Assembly Should Take Stand Against Domestic Violence With Brittany’s Law

A Letter to the Editor from Assemblyman Mark Johns (R,C,I-Webster)
June 15, 2017

The Domestic Violence Prevention Act, or Brittany’s Law, is named after a 12-year-old girl from Geneva, New York who was stabbed to death in a gruesome act of domestic violence in 2009. Helen, her mother, was also murdered in the incident. Every year Brittany’s grandmother comes to Albany with domestic violence prevention groups and survivors of domestic violence to collectively make heartfelt pleas with the state Legislature to do something to help protect New Yorkers from these heinous crimes.

For the past eight years the state Senate has passed the measure. Yet, every year it fails to come out of committee in the Assembly. As a sponsor of the legislation and strong advocate, I implore my colleagues in the Assembly Majority to do the right thing and bring this bill up for a vote this year.

Please join me in calling for a vote on the bill by signing my petition on my Assembly website. Protecting New Yorkers is one of the top priorities of our state government. I hope my colleagues will join me in demonstrating this by allowing Brittany’s Law to come up for a vote before the end of this year’s session.