A bill that would allow the use of electronic signatures in cases of domestic abuse won approval Monday in Louisiana House of Representatives.

The vote was 94-0.

State Rep. Tony Bacala, R-Prairieville, sponsor of the measure, said obtaining a temporary restraining order now on weekends can mean waking up a judge in the middle of the night or driving 45 minutes to find a duty judge.

Bacala said the proposal, House Bill 68, is backed by domestic violence groups and the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Association.

He said the change “just makes it quicker and in off hours to get a TRO so that law enforcement can start offering full protection to victims as quickly as possible.”

The legislation next faces action in the state Senate.

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