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Lawmakers Pass Domestic Violence Bill

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The Nevada Assembly has taken final legislative action on a bill giving domestic violence victims a tool to help them leave abusive relationships.

The Assembly late Monday agreed with an amendment attached by the Senate to AB284. The bill now goes to Gov. Brian Sandoval.

Sponsored by Democratic Assemblywoman Lucy Flores of Las Vegas, the bill allows domestic violence victims to get out of housing leases without penalty.

Victims must present the landlord with a police report, restraining order or affidavit from a third party affirming the tenant’s account of abuse.

Affidavits must identify the alleged abuser. The bill also authorizes landlords to go after abusers for lost rent or damage to the dwelling.

A domestic violence survivor, Flores says difficult situations are often made worse by financial burdens.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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