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Mass. Senate Weighing Domestic Violence Bills

The Massachusetts Senate is poised to debate two bills designed to protect the housing and job rights of domestic violence victims.

One bill would let tenants break a lease without facing a penalty if they are victims of domestic violence. The tenant would be required to provide their landlord with written proof of their status as a victim.

The bill would also protect tenants who offer temporary shelter to a victim of domestic violence, rape or stalking for up to four weeks.

The second bill would require businesses to let workers who are domestic violence victims take up to 15 days off work, paid or unpaid, if they are trying to get out of a violent situation or are seeking medical or legal help.

The Senate was set to debate both bills on Thursday.

This program aired on May 13, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.

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