ANNAPOLIS -- Concerned about the rights of men accused of beating their wives or girlfriends, the House Judiciary Committee yesterday weakened a Schaefer administration bill that would give battered women more potential remedies in court.
After weeks of struggling, the panel approved a score of amendments narrowing the scope of the legislation. No one on either side of the issue was happy with the result.
The bill, which already passed the Senate, would still enable battered women to seek civil protection orders requiring abusers to leave their home for up to six months. The measure also enables wives to seek temporary financial support for themselves and their children.