COLUMBIA - The legislature announced Wednesday it would make addressing the state's weak domestic violence laws a priority.

The Post and Courier's Glenn Smith and Jeremy Borden reported that House Speaker Bobby Harrell, R-Charleston, named a special domestic violence committee that will seek to have legislation ready by the first day of session in January.

Harrell's announcement comes just days after the paper ended a five-day series on the seriousness of the problem in South Carolina. The chairman of the Senate's Judiciary Committee, Sen. Larry Martin, R-Pickens, said the Senate will make curbing the toll from domestic violence a priority as well.

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