Cox signs bill requiring lethality assessments in Utah domestic violence cases

In this file photo for illustration purposes only, Gov. Spencer Cox and wife Abby talk with Shawn and Carrie Bradley during One Utah Summit, Cedar City, Utah, Oct. 12, 2022 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News / Cedar City News

SALT LAKE CITY — Gov. Spencer Cox on Monday signed a bill that requires Utah law enforcement officers to conduct lethality assessments when responding to reports of domestic violence between intimate partners.

Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson was a strong proponent of the bill after her cousin, Amanda “Mandy” Mayne, was killed by Mayne’s ex-husband last August.

“After a lot of hard work, the Mayne family joined me as Gov. Cox signed SB117 into law today,” Henderson said on Twitter. “I’m looking forward to the ceremonial signing of all the great domestic violence-related bills that came out of session.”

SB117, sponsored by Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, requires law enforcement to conduct a lethality assessment during all domestic violence calls, whether an arrest is made or not.

Read the full story here:  KSL News.


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