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Domestic violence bills up for vote in Assembly

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Radcliffe Haughton is having his day at the State Capitol.

He’s the gunman who killed himself, his estranged wife, and two other women at a spa in Brookfield last October.

Thursday, the state Assembly will consider three bills which supporters say could have prevented the Haughton massacre.

One would allow prosecutors to give juries more evidence of alleged previous abuse by defendants. Another measure would force police to explain themselves when they don’t arrest somebody at a domestic abuse scene.

A current state law requires arrests in most domestic calls. The new bill says that if an arrest is not made, officers would have their local district attorneys why.

That measure comes after Brown Deer Police went to the Haughton residence almost 25 times in 11 years, and never made any arrests.

Also, statewide training standards would be created for officers who handle domestic abuse cases. Temporary restraining orders would not expire when a different judge is asked to review them.

Assembly Republican Andre Jacque of De Pere proposed all three bills – and they’ve generally received strong support from his colleagues in both parties.

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