Domestic violence bill moves to full Utah Senate for vote

Jan 25, 2023, 12:58 PM | Updated: 1:07 pm
The bill, S.B. 117 Domestic Violence Amendments, would streamline domestic violence reports, placin...
FILE: Purple flags are planted at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. The event was held by YWCA Utah to recognize the thousands of individuals in Utah who are impacted by domestic violence each year for the Stop the Violence Utah campaign. (Yukai Peng/Deseret News)
(Yukai Peng/Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — A bill that would mandate lethality assessments for domestic violence victims has passed a senate committee by a unanimous vote.

The Senate Judiciary Committee heard from the parents of a woman who was shot and killed by an ex-partner before passing a bill that creates a database to track domestic violence incidents. 

Amanda Mayne was a cousin of Utah Lt.Governor Deidre Henderson who spoke in favor of the bill before it had passed.

“There are a lot of people, a lot of victims, a lot of families that have suffered. And I wanted to see if we could figure out ways to do better,” said Henderson.

Why streamlining domestic violence reports can help

According to Amanda’s parents, police had been called multiple times over the years. But each time they came to investigate they were only aware of the incident happening then and there. 

Police say after killing Amanda Mayne, Taylor Martin killed himself.

The bill, S.B. 117 Domestic Violence Amendments, would streamline domestic violence reports, placing them all into one database.  With this information at their fingertips, police can know more about the victim and perpetrator’s history before arriving at the scene. 

During the hearing, the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, read through some of the questions that officers would ask a reported victim.

“If the aggressor used a weapon against the victim or threatened the victim with a weapon, if the aggressor even threatened to kill the victim or the victim’s children, and number three, if the victim believes the aggressor will try and kill the victim. Those first three of the 11 questions are most important,” said Weiler.

S.B.117  was passed by the Utah Senate Judiciary Committee without objection and moves to the full Senate for a vote.

Related reading 

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Today’s Top Stories

Crime, Police + Courts

GOSHEN, CA - JANUARY 16: Tulare County Sheriff crime unit investigates the scene where six people, ...
Cheri Mossburg, CNN

2 arrested in central California shooting that left 6 dead, including mother clutching 10-month-old son

Originally Published: 03 FEB 23 16:30 ET Updated: 05 FEB 23 22:44 ET     (CNN) — Two suspects were taken into custody, one after a shootout, in a “cartel-style” massacre last month that left six people dead in central California, including a young mother and her 10-month-old son, authorities announced Friday. The suspects, identified in charging […]
13 hours ago
little cottonwood canyon pictured, avalanche risk there is high...
Devin Oldroyd

Backcountry skier dead after fatal fall in Little Cottonwood Canyon

A backcountry skier is dead after "tumbling a significant distance," according to the Unified Police Department. The incident occurred near Lisa Falls.
2 days ago
SLCPD cruiser...
Chandler Holt

SLCPD officer witnesses wrong-way drunk driver crash into embankment

At around 6:30 a.m. Sunday morning, an SLCPD officer witnessed a 2009 black Ford F-150 traveling at a high rate of speed in the wrong lane. 
2 days ago
This photo purports to show the suspected Chinese balloon flying over Mills River, North Carolina, ...
Heather Chen and Wayne Chang, CNN

China says it ‘reserves the right’ to deal with ‘similar situations’ after US shoot down suspected spy balloon

China says it "reserves the right" to deal with "similar situations" following the United States' decision to shoot down its high-altitude balloon.
2 days ago
The Goonies House...
Taylor Romine and Ralph Ellis, CNN

Man wanted for leaving a dead fish at ‘The Goonies’ house saved by Coast Guard in daring rescue

A man wanted by police in an incident at a house featured in "The Goonies" was the subject of a Coast Guard rescue when he was tossed from a stolen boat as it capsized, authorities said.
3 days ago
SLCPD said the driver is fully cooperating with the investigation and the children received non-lif...
Chandler Holt

SLCPD makes arrest connected to fatal stabbing case

SLCPD announced the arrest of 26-year-old Ivy Chase Grant today. Grant was booked into Salt Lake County Metro Jail on a charge of obstruction of justice. 
3 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Banner with Cervical Cancer Awareness Realistic Ribbon...
Intermountain Health

Five Common Causes of Cervical Cancer – and What You Can Do to Lower Your Risk

January is National Cervical Cancer Awareness month and cancer experts at Intermountain Health are working to educate women about cervical cancer, the tests that can warn women about potential cancer, and the importance of vaccination.
Kid holding a cisco fish at winterfest...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Get Ready for Fun at the 2023 Bear Lake Monster Winterfest

The Bear Lake Monster Winterfest is an annual weekend event jam-packed full of fun activities the whole family can enjoy. This year the event will be held from January 27-29 at the Utah Bear Lake State Park Marina and Sunrise Resort and Event Center in Garden City, Utah. 
happy friends with sparklers at christmas dinner...

15 Easy Christmas Dinner Ideas

We’ve scoured the web for you and narrowed down a few of our favorite Christmas dinner ideas to make your planning easy. Choose from the dishes we’ve highlighted to plan your meal or start brainstorming your own meal plan a couple of weeks before to make sure you have time to shop and prepare.
Spicy Homemade Loaded Taters Tots...

5 Game Day Snacks for the Whole Family (with recipes!)

Try these game day snacks to make watching football at home with your family feel like a special occasion. 
Happy joyful smiling casual satisfied woman learning and communicates in sign language online using...

The Best Tools for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Workplace Success

Here are some of the best resources to make your workplace work better for Deaf and hard-of-hearing employees.
Team supporters celebrating at a tailgate party...

8 Delicious Tailgate Foods That Require Zero Prep Work

In a hurry? These 8 tailgate foods take zero prep work, so you can fuel up and get back to what matters most: getting hyped for your favorite
Domestic violence bill moves to full Utah Senate for vote