- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 4, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The vice chairwoman of the Vermont House Judiciary Committee says she expects a bill giving victims of sexual assault sole parental rights to pass in the House.

Maxine Grad, a Democrat from Moretown, says lawmakers plan to present the bill on the House floor on Friday.

Grad said Tuesday that the bill provides an “important tool” for victims of sexual assault.

Sarah Kenney of Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence says her organization has been working on sole parental custody rights for sexual assault victims since 2007.

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