A measure cosponsored by Rep. Christine Burstein, D-Lincolnville, to strengthen protections for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking is now law.

LD 756 adds new provisions to the Address Confidentiality Program, a program that keeps victims’ personal information out of the hands of their abusers.

“The Address Confidentiality Program ensures that abusers can’t use public information to hurt their victims,” said Burstein. “This bill strengthens the program to further protect the safety of families who have been victims of domestic violence or stalking.”

The measure adds provisions to keep the names of program participants confidential on certain public municipal documents. It was supported by the Office of the Secretary of State, which administers the program, the Maine Municipal Association and domestic violence prevention advocates.

The bill is among those that became law without the governor’s signature. The governor has 10 days, not including Sundays, to sign or veto a bill. If he does not take either of those actions, the bill becomes law if the Legislature has not finally adjourned.

The bill goes into effect 90 days after the Legislature finally adjourns. The Legislature will be in session on July 16 to address any vetoes issued by the governor, as prescribed by the Maine Constitution.

Burstein is a member of the Health and Human Services Committee. She represents Belmont, Liberty, Lincolnville, Montville, Morrill, Palermo and Searsmont.