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Cox signs bill requiring lethality assessments in Utah domestic violence cases

Mar 21, 2023, 10:30 AM | Updated: Oct 26, 2023, 1:17 pm

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Gov. Spencer Cox delivers his 2022 State of the State address. at the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022. Cox joined Inside Sources on Monday to talk about a video call he had with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky last week. (Laura Seitz/Deseret News)

(Laura Seitz/Deseret 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.

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Cox signs bill requiring lethality assessments in Utah domestic violence cases