After passing the Senate last week, Brittany's Bill will head to the New York State Assembly for the eighth year in a row. Under the bill, anyone convicted of a felony domestic violence offense would go on the registry, along with all the details of the case. The bill is named after Helen Buchel and her daughter Brittany Passalacqua, 12, of Geneva who were murdered.
After passing the Senate last week, Brittany’s Bill will head to the New York State Assembly for the eighth year in a row.
Under the bill, anyone convicted of a felony domestic violence offense would go on the registry, along with all the details of the case.
It was created following the double-murder of Helen Buchel and her daughter Brittany Passalacqua, 12, of Geneva who the bill is named after.
Buchel’s boyfriend was a parolee, convicted of assaulting his own infant when he brutally killed the mother and daughter.
“It could happen to any one of us,” said Dale Driscoll, mother and grandmother of the two. Driscoll has been pushing the bill since the double-murder back in 2009.
“A level 3 violent offender, which is the worst, would be on it for at least 10 years. Level 2 and 1 would be up to 10 years,” explained Driscoll.
“It’s an absolute shame that Assembly Democrats are not providing another tool for our community to identify potential threats to their health and well-being,” said Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb, R-Canandaigua, a supporter of Brittany’s bill.
Advocates for domestic violence say many offenders receive misdemeanors so, the registry would have little impact.
Opponents also worry the bill may provide a false sense of security to some if their partner isn't on the list, but Assemblyman Kolb strongly disagrees.
“It’s not going to prevent a crime, per se, but it may educate the public to not put themselves in danger with someone who already has a record of committing a violent felony,” explained the minority leader.
News10NBC reached out to Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle and Assemblyman Harry Bronson but have not heard back for comment.
The assembly has two days left of sessions which wrap up Wednesday.