| RON THORNBURGH
Secretary of State
STATE OF KANSAS
Memorial Hall, 1st Floor
120 SW 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66612-1594
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Stephanie Wing, Public Information Officer
Office of the Secretary of State
“SAFE AT HOME” PROGRAM
TOPEKA , KS- Today, Kansas Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh outlined a bill that will provide victims of domestic violence the ability to shield their address from their attackers.
The program, called “Safe at Home,” would provide victims with a substitute address with which they can receive mail, forwarded to them by the Secretary of State’s office at no cost. This would include all service of process, first class and certified mail.
“Safe at Home will allow victims of domestic violence to begin to put their lives back together. They will be able to do simple things many of us take for granted, such as obtaining a driver’s license or registering to vote, without the fear that their attackers will be able to use these public records to track them down,” said Secretary Thornburgh.
A hearing for HB 2994 will take place at 1:30 p.m. in the House Federal and State Affairs Committee. Secretary Thornburgh will testify in support of this measure.
Thornburgh was joined by Rep. Ann Mah, D-Topeka, the bill’s sponsor, as well as Sandra Barnett, Executive Director of the Kansas Coalition against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV), and Kyle Smith, Deputy Director of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI).