- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 13, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Efforts to toughen penalties against domestic violence in Louisiana, which leads the nation in domestic abuse deaths, have won final legislative passage.

With unanimous votes from the House Tuesday, the bills by New Orleans Rep. Helena Moreno, a Democrat, move next to the governor’s desk.

One bill classifies a conviction on the charge of domestic abuse-aggravated assault as a crime of violence, effectively reducing an offender’s eligibility for parole or probation.

Another measure bans an abuser under a protective order from possessing a firearm and those convicted of domestic abuse battery from possessing a gun for a decade.

A third measure expedites the filing of protective orders.

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House Bills 747, 750 and 753 can be found at www.legis.la.gov

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