Sununu signs domestic violence prevention bills

Gov. Chris Sununu signs a domestic violence prevention bill, HB 705, that closes a loophole and makes any educator’s sexual contact with any student a crime in New Hampshire. Looking on are Sen. Jeb Bradley, R-Wolfeboro, and State Rep. Katherine Prudhomme-O’Brien, R-Derry.

CONCORD — Advocates battling domestic violence had plenty to celebrate Monday as Gov. Chris Sununu signed a trio of bills expanding the rights of victims and closing a major loophole in criminal law.

The final action marked an issue on which the Democratic-controlled Legislature and two-term Republican governor found common ground, particularly after Sununu prodded lawmakers last month to reach consensus.