Legislative Spotlight: Colton’s Task Force Targets Domestic Violence

This article is part of a series highlighting legislation sponsored or co-sponsored by State Representative Seth Lewis.

A new law co-sponsored by State Representative Seth Lewis would create a task force to establish a consistent, uniform statewide system to protect victims and survivors of domestic violence while holding offenders accountable.

House Bill 3317, introduced by State Rep. David Welter creates “Colton’s Task Force,” inspired by the tragic story of 18-month-old Colton Miller, who was killed by his father.

“Protecting our state’s children is one of the most important things that we, as legislators, should strive to do. Colton Miller’s story is tragic, and it’s clear that he and his family were let down at many points,” said Lewis. “It’s time for us to take a hard look at existing law and find places where it is falling short to prevent situations like this from happening again.”

Colton’s Task Force has five specific objectives:

  1. Conduct a comprehensive review of the process, operation, and enforcement of current domestic violence laws across the state.
  2. Identify gaps in the process, operation, and enforcement of those laws.
  3. Develop recommendations to address those gaps.
  4. Establish a framework for specialized protective networks for victims, treatment options for victims and offenders, and specialty courts to accumulate specialized domestic violence skills for courts.
  5. Review the need for special consideration for conditions of bail in cases involving domestic violence within the ongoing changes brought on by bail reform.

HB 3317 passed out of the House on a unanimous roll call and now awaits final action in the Illinois Senate. Follow the legislation’s progress here.