A bill filed this legislative session seeks to crack down on the crime of stalking.
Sen. Danielle Conrad of Lincoln sponsors the measure that makes a clear distinction between harassment and stalking, currently considered the same offense under Nebraska law.
“Our local prosecutors across the state have identified this legislation as necessary to improve our criminal justice system and to deliver for victims of domestic violence and violence in general,” Conrad tells reporters during a Capitol news conference.
Conrad says she based her bill on federal law as well as the laws of six states.
The bill includes enhancement provisions for prior violations, including violations in other states. It also would improve the rules of evidence that guide prosecution of stalking and sexual assault.
“To insure that juries and fact-finders and judges have a full amount of information available to insure a good decision is made,” Conrad says. “We are also providing more clear definitions and more clear penalties when it comes to prosecuting those who are involved in these types of horrific crimes that leave behind serious and distinct emotional and physical distress for victims all across our state.”
Conrad’s bill is part of the legislative package being promoted this session by Attorney General Jon Bruning.