Governor Signs Domestic Violence Bills 

Governor LePage has signed two more bills to prevent domestic violence, calling the bipartisan legislation “a very good step forward” for the state.Surrounded by elected and top enforcement officials and an advocate for victims, the governor on Tuesday signed one bill to ensure that bail is administered by a judge, not a bail commissioner, in domestic violence cases. The other bill says victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking must be notified when the defendant is released on bail.Last week, LePage signed a bill barring judges from waiving $25 fees perpetrators in violent crimes must pay to the victims’ fund.Julia Colpitts of the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence says victims have one common wish: that what happened to them doesn’t happen to anyone else.