- Associated Press - Thursday, April 3, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana House has approved a package of bills that toughens sentences for domestic violence offenses, speeds the process for filing protective and restraining orders and limits gun possession for offenders in domestic violence cases.

The bills were authored by New Orleans Rep. Helena Moreno, a Democrat. They passed unanimously on Thursday.

One proposal 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 bill bars gun ownership for people with a protective order against them because of domestic violence and those convicted of the charge of domestic abuse-battery.

The bills now go to the Senate for consideration.

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