House Approves Plan to Keep Victims' Addresses Confidential

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Denver (AP) The House approved a measure that would allow victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking to withhold their real addresses from public records.

The bill now goes to Governor Ritter for his signature.

The measure would establish the Address Confidentiality Program in hopes of preventing perpetrators from tracking down their victims.
It passed 62-to-1.

Lawmakers say perpetrators can find their victims' addresses in readily available public records, including voter and school registrations, motor vehicle information and tax filings.

The bill would allow victims to get a substitute address from the secretary of state's office that can be used as their mailing address. The secretary of state would forward the mail to the real addresses.

If the bill becomes law, Colorado would join 21 other states that have similar programs.

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