SALT LAKE CITY — Despite protests that "roughhousing" teens could be subject to court orders, the Utah Senate gave final passage to a bill that enables Utahns 18 and older who are abused or threatened in dating relationships to seek protective orders.
Legislature passes bill allowing for protective orders in dating relationships
Several lawmakers — Democrat and Republican — have proposed varying versions of the legislation dating back nine years in an attempt to address a gap in the code. Under Utah law, only spouses or cohabitants can seek such orders.
But in previous legislative sessions, the bills have been rejected over concerns that vindictive dating partners would lie to obtain protective orders or that people could be unfairly denied access to firearms while subject to protective orders.
On Tuesday, HB50, sponsored by Rep. Jen Seelig, D-Salt Lake City, passed the Senate by a vote of 24-4.