- Associated Press - Thursday, February 19, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A House panel has approved a bill that would help Iowa abuse victims keep their home address confidential.

Members of a public safety subcommittee approved the bill Thursday. It now moves to a full committee for consideration.

The bill would allow a victim of domestic abuse, sexual abuse, stalking and other scenarios to enroll in a program through the secretary of state’s office that would allow mail for a victim to be forwarded to a designated address.

Supporters say the bill would protect victims from offenders using public records.

Subcommittee members expressed concern about the program’s $100 fee to individuals in Iowa who are convicted of charges including domestic abuse. Rep. Dean Fisher, a Garwin Republican and a bill co-sponsor, says he’s open to changes in the legislation.

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