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Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Assembly Majority must bring Brittany's Law to the floor for a vote.
Courageous individuals came to Albany today and shared their tragic stories of lives forever impacted by domestic violence. They were here to call for passage of Brittany's Law, which would create a registry of violent felony offenders much like the sex-offender registry established under Megan's Law.
The Senate passed Brittany's Law today for the seventh time. But despite bipartisan support, the Assembly Majority still refuse to act. They have chosen to protect violent criminals, rather than victims of domestic violence. This kind of obstruction is inexplicable, irresponsible and unacceptable.
Brittany's Law (A.6609 is named after Brittany Passalacqua, who was 12 years old when she and her mother, Helen Buchel, were murdered in 2009. Their killer, John Edward Brown, was on parole after serving time in prison for violently assaulting his infant daughter in 2003. With information about Brown's past, the tragedy could have been prevented.
A registry of violent felony offenders provides individuals, families and communities with information that can help save lives. I was proud to stand with these brave advocates along with my colleagues in the Senate and Assembly to demand action. Please watch this video from today's event.