Newspaper publishers fault domestic violence bill for blocking arrest info from police logs


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BOSTON — The head of a newspaper association is faulting a portion of a bill intended to overhaul the state's domestic violence laws.

Massachusetts Newspaper Publishers Association Executive Director Robert Ambrogi criticized the bill for seeking to prohibit information about domestic violence arrests from being included in daily police logs and records, which are public.

Supporters of the bill say the move is designed to protect victims.

Ambrogi said keeping the information out of police logs could have the unintended consequence of shielding perpetrators from public disclosure — including public officials or others in positions of trust or authority.

The bill would make other changes to state law including providing up to 15 days of employment leave for victims of domestic violence and creating a fund to aid victims and encourage practices aimed at preventing domestic violence.

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