District 14 Representative Derek Kawakami introduced the bill at the request of the Kaua'i Domestic Violence Task Force and the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney.
The provisions of the bill extend domestic abuse protections to individuals who are in dating relationships, defined under the law as individuals in a romantic, courtship, or engagement relationship, but not necessarily characterized by actions of an intimate or sexual nature.
Until now, the law only applied to protect individuals who were related, had a child together, or had resided together.
The law also requires police to separate the abuser from the abused for a minimum of 48 hours.
The law previously required only a 24-hour separation.
This period of separation allows the victim, if necessary, to seek a restraining order or take other steps to ensure his or her safety.
Click here for more information on the bill.
It may take you a little longer to get around this weekend. There will be lane and road closures all over Oahu because of parades and the Honolulu Marathon.
The city has received more reports of stray bullets from the Koko Head rifle range. So the city is closing the range while it figures out how to make it safer.
A $65,000 piece of equipment ripped off from the city is making officials think twice about where to store its property.