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Budget measure would increase funding for monitoring domestic abuse suspects

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Domestic abuse suspects who are under restraining orders could soon be monitored by authorities.

The state Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee will consider a budget measure Thursday that includes up to $3 million for additional GPS monitoring over the next two years.

Governor Scott Walker proposed the measure in response to the murders of three women in a Brookfield spa by Radcliffe Haughton last October.

Haughton was under a restraining order against seeing the estranged wife he murdered before he killed himself.

Under the budget proposal, judges could order GPS monitoring as part of the restraining orders they issue.

Current law allows such monitors for anyone convicted of violating restraining orders for domestic abuse or harassment.

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