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Budget measure would increase funding for monitoring domestic abuse suspects

Radcliffe Franklin Haughton, 45, of Brown Deer, Wisconsin, is pictured in this undated handout photo. Haughton is being sought by police in connection with a shooting in Brookfield, Wisconsin October 21, 2012, in which seven people were shot. REUTERS/Brookfield Police Department/Handout.
Radcliffe Franklin Haughton, 45, of Brown Deer, Wisconsin, is pictured in this undated handout photo. Haughton is being sought by police in connection with a shooting in Brookfield, Wisconsin October 21, 2012, in which seven people were shot. REUTERS/Brookfield Police Department/Handout.

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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