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Gov. Walker: Domestic abuse suspects should have GPS monitors under restraining orders

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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) - Reuters
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) - Reuters

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker says domestic abuse suspects who are under restraining orders should be placed on GPS monitors, so victims can know if their abusers are close by.

Walker tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he’s still working on the proposal – and it might be included in the next state budget he’ll submit to the Legislature in February.

The governor is under pressure to support gun law changes in response to last week’s school massacre in Newtown Connecticut. But Walker says he wants to wait until more is known about the causes of that tragedy – and he wants to see what President Obama asks Congress to approve.

Obama has said he would spell out of his gun control measures in the next few weeks.

In the meantime, Walker says he’ll address reforms that could avoid a repeat of the Sikh Temple shootings in Oak Creek by white supremist Wade Michael Page – and the October murders of three women in a Brookfield spa by one of the victims’ estranged husband.

Walker said he’s cautious to say that any reforms would prevent any violence because, “nothing’s foolproof.” But Brookfield gunman Radcliffe Haughton was under a restraining order at the time of the slayings. And if he had worn a GPS bracelet, Walker said his wife could have known he was coming.

Earlier this year, Walker signed a law letting judges put violators of restraining orders on GPS if they’re found to be likely to cause harm to the person who sought the order. That law takes full effect in 2014. 

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