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Senate passes Joshua's Law

CONCORD –The mother of a nine-year-old boy killed by his father during a supervised visitation watched from the gallery as the Senate Thursday voted 24-0 to pass Joshua's Law, named after her son.

Senate Bill 318, or Joshua's Law, is named after Joshua Savyon, who was killed by his father, Muni Savyon, during a court-ordered supervised visit last August at a Manchester YWCA visitation center.

Muni Savyon, who turned the gun on himself after he killed his son, was under a domestic violence protective order because he had threatened to kill both Joshua and the boy's mother, Becky Ranes.

After the vote, Ranes said, "?It is so gratifying to see so many people show so much strength."

She and Gov. Maggie Hassan hugged in the hallway outside the Senate chambers. Hassan told Ranes, "Keep at it, you're doing great work."

The governor called on the House to pass the bill, which makes domestic violence a crime, and send it to her desk.


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