Plummer says bill to protect witnesses, victims 'one small step in the right direction'
State Sen. Jason Plummer (R-Edwardsville) wants to make sure that victims and witnesses of crimes in his district feel protected.
“This is just a good common sense law,” Plummer said in a press release regarding the recent passage of House Bill 2308, which provides that in instances where the defendant in a criminal proceeding is unable to post bond, the court has the authority to impose a no-contact provision with the victim or other interested party that shall be enforced while the defendant remains in custody.
“We must help protect innocent victims and witnesses from being contacted and harassed from the defendant,” Plummer said in the release.
In sponsoring HB 2308, he had the backing of the Illinois Sheriffs Association and the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police.
“In many parts of our state, crime is out of control,” he said in the release. “It’s time we stand firm with our law enforcement and law-abiding citizens to protect our communities and families. This is one small step in the right direction.”
The new law is slated to go into effect on Jan. 1.
Still in his first-term after knocking off Democrat Brian Stout with nearly 70 percent of the vote in November, Plummer serves on such committees as Appropriations, Environment and Conservation, Financial Institutions, Public Health and Executive Appointments.
Plummer is slated to host a Coffee and Conversation event with constituents at the Original Springs Hotel in Okawville on Thursday, Sept. 12 in the Lion’s Room. The event will take place from 8-10 a.m.
Plummer’s 54th Senate District includes all or parts of Bond, Clinton, Effingham, Fayette, Madison, Marion, Washington and St. Clair counties.