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Substitute Bill No. 5548

February Session, 2012

 

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AN ACT CONCERNING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Subsections (a) to (d), inclusive, of section 46b-15 of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes are repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2012):

(a) Any family or household member, as defined in section 46b-38a, as amended by this act, who has been subjected to a continuous threat of present physical pain or physical injury, stalking or a pattern of threatening, by another family or household member may make an application to the Superior Court for relief under this section.

(b) The application form shall allow the applicant, at the applicant's option, to indicate whether the respondent holds a permit to carry a pistol or revolver or possesses one or more firearms. The application shall be accompanied by an affidavit made under oath which includes a brief statement of the conditions from which relief is sought. Upon receipt of the application the court shall order that a hearing on the application be held not later than fourteen days from the date of the order. The court, in its discretion, may make such orders as it deems appropriate for the protection of the applicant and such dependent children or other persons as the court sees fit. In making such orders, the court, in its discretion, may consider relevant court records if the records are available to the public from a clerk of the Superior Court or on the Judicial Branch's Internet web site. Such orders may include temporary child custody or visitation rights, and such relief may include, but is not limited to, an order enjoining the respondent from (1) imposing any restraint upon the person or liberty of the applicant; (2) threatening, harassing, assaulting, molesting, sexually assaulting or attacking the applicant; or (3) entering the family dwelling or the dwelling of the applicant. Such order may include provisions necessary to protect any animal owned or kept by the applicant including, but not limited to, an order enjoining the respondent from injuring or threatening to injure such animal. If an applicant alleges an immediate and present physical danger to the applicant, the court may issue an ex parte order granting such relief as it deems appropriate. If a postponement of a hearing on the application is requested by either party and granted, the order shall not be continued except upon agreement of the parties or by order of the court for good cause shown.

(c) Every order of the court made in accordance with this section shall contain the following language: "This order may be extended by the court beyond [six months] one year. In accordance with section 53a-107, entering or remaining in a building or any other premises in violation of this order constitutes criminal trespass in the first degree. This is a criminal offense punishable by a term of imprisonment of not more than one year, a fine of not more than two thousand dollars or both.".

(d) No order of the court shall exceed [six months] one year, except that an order may be extended by the court upon motion of the applicant for such additional time as the court deems necessary. If the respondent has not appeared upon the initial application, service of a motion to extend an order may be made by first-class mail directed to the respondent at [his or her last known] the respondent's last-known address.

Sec. 2. Section 46b-38a of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2012):

For the purposes of sections 46b-38a to 46b-38f, inclusive, as amended by this act:

(1) "Family violence" means an incident resulting in physical harm, bodily injury or assault, or an act of threatened violence that constitutes fear of imminent physical harm, bodily injury or assault, including, but not limited to, stalking or a pattern of threatening, between family or household members. Verbal abuse or argument shall not constitute family violence unless there is present danger and the likelihood that physical violence will occur.

(2) "Family or household member" means any of the following persons, regardless of the age of such person: (A) [spouses,] Spouses or former spouses; (B) parents [and] or their children; (C) persons [eighteen years of age or older] related by blood or marriage; (D) persons [sixteen years of age or older] other than those persons described in subparagraph (C) of this subdivision presently residing together or who have resided together; (E) persons who have a child in common regardless of whether they are or have been married or have lived together at any time; and (F) persons in, or who have recently been in, a dating relationship. [, regardless of the age of such persons.]

(3) "Family violence crime" means a crime as defined in section 53a-24, other than a delinquent act as defined in section 46b-120, which, in addition to its other elements, contains as an element thereof an act of family violence to a family or household member. [and shall] "Family violence crime" does not include acts by parents or guardians disciplining minor children unless such acts constitute abuse.

(4) "Institutions and services" means peace officers, service providers, mandated reporters of abuse, agencies and departments that provide services to victims and families and services designed to assist victims and families.

Sec. 3. Subsection (d) of section 46b-38c of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2012):

(d) In all cases of family violence, a written or oral report and recommendation of the local family violence intervention unit shall be available to a judge at the first court date appearance to be presented at any time during the court session on that date. A judge of the Superior Court may consider and impose the following conditions to protect the parties, including, but not limited to: (1) Issuance of a protective order pursuant to subsection (e) of this section; (2) prohibition against subjecting the victim to further violence; (3) referral to a family violence education program for batterers; and (4) immediate referral for more extensive case assessment. Such protective order shall be an order of the court, and the clerk of the court shall cause (A) a copy of such order to be sent to the victim, and (B) a copy of such order, or the information contained in such order, to be sent by facsimile or other means within forty-eight hours of its issuance to the law enforcement agency for the town in which the victim resides and, if the defendant resides in a town different from the town in which the victim resides, to the law enforcement agency for the town in which the defendant resides. If the victim is employed in a town different from the town in which the victim resides, the clerk of the court shall, upon the request of the victim, send, by facsimile or other means, a copy of such order, or the information contained in such order, to the law enforcement agency for the town in which the victim is employed [within] not later than forty-eight hours [of] after the issuance of such order. If the victim is enrolled in a public or private elementary or secondary school, including a regional vocational technical school, or an institution of higher education, as defined in section 10a-55, the clerk of the court shall, upon the request of the victim, send, by facsimile or other means, a copy of such order, or the information contained in such order, to such school or institution of higher education, or the special police force established pursuant to section 10a-142, if any, at the institution of higher education at which the victim is enrolled.

Sec. 4. Section 54-1k of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2012):

(a) Upon the arrest of a person for a violation of subdivision (1) or (2) of subsection (a) of section 53-21, section 53a-70, 53a-70a, 53a-70c, 53a-71, 53a-72a, 53a-72b or 53a-73a, or any attempt thereof, or section 53a-181c, as amended by this act, 53a-181d or 53a-181e, the court may issue a protective order pursuant to this section. Upon the arrest of a person for a violation of section 53a-182b or 53a-183, the court may issue a protective order pursuant to this section if it finds that such violation caused the victim to reasonably fear for his or her physical safety. Such order shall be an order of the court, and the clerk of the court shall cause (1) a copy of such order, or the information contained in such order, to be sent to the victim, and (2) a copy of such order, or the information contained in such order, to be sent by facsimile or other means [within] not later than forty-eight hours [of] after its issuance to the law enforcement agency or agencies for the town in which the victim resides, the town in which the victim is employed and the town in which the defendant resides. If the victim is enrolled in a public or private elementary or secondary school, including a regional vocational technical school, or an institution of higher education, as defined in section 10a-55, the clerk of the court shall, upon the request of the victim, send, by facsimile or other means, a copy of such order, or the information contained in such order, to such school or institution of higher education, or the special police force established pursuant to section 10a-142, if any, at the institution of higher education at which the victim is enrolled.

(b) A protective order issued under this section may include provisions necessary to protect the victim from threats, harassment, injury or intimidation by the defendant, including but not limited to, an order enjoining the defendant from (1) imposing any restraint upon the person or liberty of the victim, (2) threatening, harassing, assaulting, molesting or sexually assaulting the victim, or (3) entering the dwelling of the victim. A protective order issued under this section may include provisions necessary to protect any animal owned or kept by the victim including, but not limited to, an order enjoining the defendant from injuring or threatening to injure such animal. Such order shall be made a condition of the bail or release of the defendant and shall contain the following language: "In accordance with section 53a-223 of the Connecticut general statutes, any violation of this order constitutes criminal violation of a protective order which is punishable by a term of imprisonment of not more than five years, a fine of not more than five thousand dollars, or both. Additionally, in accordance with section 53a-107 of the Connecticut general statutes, entering or remaining in a building or any other premises in violation of this order constitutes criminal trespass in the first degree which is punishable by a term of imprisonment of not more than one year, a fine of not more than two thousand dollars, or both. Violation of this order also violates a condition of your bail or release and may result in raising the amount of bail or revoking release.".

(c) The information contained in and concerning the issuance of any protective order issued under this section shall be entered in the registry of protective orders pursuant to section 51-5c.

Sec. 5. Section 54-63b of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2012):

(a) The duties of the Court Support Services Division shall include: (1) To promptly interview, prior to arraignment, any person referred by the police pursuant to section 54-63c or by a judge. Such interview shall include, but not be limited to, information concerning the accused person, his or her family, community ties, prior criminal record and physical and mental condition; (2) to seek independent verification of information obtained during the interview, if practicable; (3) to determine, as provided in section 54-63d, or to make recommendations on request of any judge, concerning the terms and conditions of the release of arrested persons from custody pending final disposition of their cases; (4) to prepare a written report on all persons interviewed and, upon request and pursuant to the procedures established under subsection (f) of section 54-63d, provide copies of the report to the court, defense counsel and state's attorney. Such report shall contain the information obtained during the interview and verification process, the person's prior criminal record, where possible, and the determination or recommendation of the commissioner pursuant to section 54-63d concerning the terms and conditions of the release of the persons so interviewed; (5) to give prior notice of each required court appearance to each person released following an interview by a bail commissioner; (6) to supervise pursuant to the direction of the court those persons released on nonfinancial conditions; (7) to inform the court and the state's attorney of any failure to comply with terms and conditions of release, including the arrest of persons released under its supervision; (8) to monitor, evaluate and provide information concerning terms and conditions of release and the release criteria established under [subdivision (2) of subsection (c)] subsection (b) of this section, to prepare periodic reports on its activities, and to provide such other information as is needed to assist in the improvement of the pretrial release process; (9) to perform such other functions as the Chief Court Administrator may, from time to time, assign.

(b) The Court Support Services Division shall establish written uniform weighted release criteria based upon the premise that the least restrictive condition or conditions of release necessary to [insure] ensure the appearance in court of the defendant and sufficient to reasonably ensure the safety of any other person will not be endangered is the pretrial release alternative of choice. Such criteria shall be based on, but not be limited to, the following considerations: (1) The nature and circumstances of the offense insofar as they are relevant to the risk of nonappearance; (2) the defendant's record of previous convictions; (3) the defendant's past record of appearance in court after being admitted to bail; (4) the defendant's family ties; (5) the defendant's employment record; (6) the defendant's financial resources, character and mental condition; and (7) the defendant's community ties.

Sec. 6. Subsection (h) of section 46b-38c of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2012):

(h) (1) There shall be a pretrial family violence education program for persons who are charged with family violence crimes. At a minimum, such program shall inform participants of the basic elements of family violence law and applicable penalties. The court may, in its discretion, invoke such program on motion of the defendant when it finds: (A) That the defendant has not previously been convicted of a family violence crime which occurred on or after October 1, 1986; (B) the defendant has not had a previous case assigned to the family violence education program; (C) the defendant has not previously invoked or accepted accelerated rehabilitation under section 54-56e for a family violence crime which occurred on or after October 1, 1986; and (D) that the defendant is not charged with a class A, class B or class C felony, or an unclassified felony carrying a term of imprisonment of more than ten years, or unless good cause is shown, a class D felony, [or] an unclassified offense carrying a term of imprisonment of more than five years or an offense that involved the infliction of serious physical injury, as defined in section 53a-3. Participation by any person in the accelerated pretrial rehabilitation program under section 54-56e prior to October 1, 1986, shall not prohibit eligibility of such person for the pretrial family violence education program under this section. The court may require that the defendant answer such questions under oath, in open court or before any person designated by the clerk and duly authorized to administer oaths, under the penalties of perjury as will assist the court in making these findings.

(2) The court, on such motion, may refer the defendant to the family violence intervention unit, and may continue the defendant's case pending the submission of the report of the unit to the court. The court shall also give notice to the victim or victims that the defendant has requested assignment to the family violence education program, and, where possible, give the victim or victims opportunity to be heard. Any defendant who accepts placement in the family violence education program shall agree to the tolling of any statute of limitations with respect to the crime or crimes with which the defendant is charged, and to a waiver of the defendant's right to a speedy trial. Any such defendant shall appear in court and shall be released to the custody of the family violence intervention unit for such period, not exceeding two years, and under such conditions as the court shall order. If the defendant refuses to accept, or, having accepted, violates such conditions, the defendant's case shall be brought to trial. If the defendant satisfactorily completes the family violence education program and complies with the conditions imposed for the period set by the court, the defendant may apply for dismissal of the charges against the defendant and the court, on finding satisfactory compliance, shall dismiss such charges.

(3) Upon dismissal of charges under this subsection, all records of such charges shall be erased pursuant to section 54-142a.

Sec. 7. Section 46b-38h of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2012):

If any person is convicted of a violation of section 53a-59, 53a-59a, 53a-59c, 53a-60, 53a-60a, 53a-60b, 53a-60c, 53a-62, 53a-63, 53a-64, 53a-64aa, 53a-64bb, 53a-64cc, 53a-70, 53a-70a, 53a-70b, 53a-70c, 53a-71, 53a-72a, 53a-72b, 53a-181c, as amended by this act, 53a-181d, 53a-181e, 53a-182, 53a-182b, 53a-183, 53a-223, 53a-223a or 53a-223b, against a family or household member, as defined in section 46b-38a, as amended by this act, [or a person in a dating relationship,] the court shall include a designation that such conviction involved [domestic] family violence on the court record for the purposes of criminal history record information, as defined in subsection (a) of section 54-142g.

Sec. 8. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2012) Any person who believes that an electronic or telephonic communication received by the person constitutes a violation of section 53a-223, 53a-223a or 53a-223b of the general statutes may file a complaint reporting such alleged violation with the law enforcement agency for the town in which (1) such person resides, (2) such person received the communication, or (3) such communication was initiated. Such law enforcement agency shall accept such complaint, prepare a police report on the matter, provide the complainant with a copy of such report and investigate such alleged violation and any other offenses allegedly committed as a result of such violation and shall, if necessary, coordinate such investigation with any other law enforcement agencies and, upon request of the complainant, notify the law enforcement agency for the town in which the complainant resides.

Sec. 9. Section 54-1d of the general statutes is amended by adding subsection (f) as follows (Effective October 1, 2012):

(NEW) (f) Any defendant who is charged with a violation of section 53a-223, 53a-223a or 53a-223b by means of electronic or telephonic communication, and any defendant who is charged with any other offense committed as a result of such violation, may be presented to the court in the geographical area in which (1) the victim resides, (2) the victim received the communication, or (3) the communication was initiated. Such defendant may be prosecuted in any such geographical area or a corresponding judicial district.

Sec. 10. Section 53a-61aa of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2012):

(a) A person is guilty of threatening in the first degree when such person (1) (A) threatens to commit any crime involving the use of a hazardous substance with the intent to terrorize another person, to cause evacuation of a building, place of assembly or facility of public transportation or otherwise to cause serious public inconvenience, or (B) threatens to commit such crime in reckless disregard of the risk of causing such terror, evacuation or inconvenience; [, or] (2) (A) threatens to commit any crime of violence with the intent to cause evacuation of a building, place of assembly or facility of public transportation or otherwise to cause serious public inconvenience, or (B) threatens to commit such crime in reckless disregard of the risk of causing such evacuation or inconvenience; or (3) commits threatening in the second degree as provided in section 53a-62, and in the commission of such offense he uses or is armed with and threatens the use of or displays or represents by his words or conduct that he possesses a pistol, revolver, shotgun, rifle, machine gun or other firearm. No person shall be found guilty of threatening in the first degree under subdivision (3) of this subsection and threatening in the second degree upon the same transaction but such person may be charged and prosecuted for both such offenses upon the same information.

(b) For the purposes of this section, "hazardous substance" means any physical, chemical, biological or radiological substance or matter which, because of its quantity, concentration or physical, chemical or infectious characteristics, may cause or significantly contribute to an increase in mortality or an increase in serious irreversible or incapacitating reversible illness, or pose a substantial present or potential hazard to human health.

(c) Threatening in the first degree is a class D felony.

Sec. 11. Section 53a-181c of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2012):

(a) A person is guilty of stalking in the first degree when he commits stalking in the second degree as provided in section 53a-181d and (1) he has previously been convicted of [this section or] a violation of section 53a-181d or 53a-181e, or (2) such conduct violates a court order in effect at the time of the offense, or (3) the other person is under sixteen years of age.

(b) Stalking in the first degree is a class D felony.

Sec. 12. Section 53a-32 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2012):

(a) At any time during the period of probation or conditional discharge, the court or any judge thereof may issue a warrant for the arrest of a defendant for violation of any of the conditions of probation or conditional discharge, or may issue a notice to appear to answer to a charge of such violation, which notice shall be personally served upon the defendant. Any such warrant shall authorize all officers named therein to return the defendant to the custody of the court or to any suitable detention facility designated by the court. Whenever a probation officer has probable cause to believe that a person has violated a condition of such person's probation, such probation officer may notify any police officer that such person has, in such officer's judgment, violated the conditions of such person's probation and such notice shall be sufficient warrant for the police officer to arrest such person and return such person to the custody of the court or to any suitable detention facility designated by the court. Whenever a probation officer so notifies a police officer, the probation officer shall notify the victim of the offense for which such person is on probation, provided the probation officer has been provided with the name and contact information for such victim. Any probation officer may arrest any defendant on probation without a warrant or may deputize any other officer with power to arrest to do so by giving such other officer a written statement setting forth that the defendant has, in the judgment of the probation officer, violated the conditions of the defendant's probation. Such written statement, delivered with the defendant by the arresting officer to the official in charge of any correctional center or other place of detention, shall be sufficient warrant for the detention of the defendant. After making such an arrest, such probation officer shall present to the detaining authorities a similar statement of the circumstances of violation. Provisions regarding release on bail of persons charged with a crime shall be applicable to any defendant arrested under the provisions of this section. Upon such arrest and detention, the probation officer shall immediately so notify the court or any judge thereof.

(b) When the defendant is presented for arraignment on the charge of violation of any of the conditions of probation or conditional discharge, the court shall review any conditions previously imposed on the defendant and may order, as a condition of the pretrial release of the defendant, that the defendant comply with any or all of such conditions in addition to any conditions imposed pursuant to section 54-64a. Unless the court, pursuant to subsection (c) of section 54-64a, orders that the defendant remain under the supervision of a probation officer or other designated person or organization, the defendant shall be supervised by the Court Support Services Division of the Judicial Branch in accordance with subsection (a) of section 54-63b, as amended by this act.

(c) Upon notification by the probation officer of the arrest of the defendant or upon an arrest by warrant as herein provided, the court shall cause the defendant to be brought before it without unnecessary delay for a hearing on the violation charges. At such hearing the defendant shall be informed of the manner in which such defendant is alleged to have violated the conditions of such defendant's probation or conditional discharge, shall be advised by the court that such defendant has the right to retain counsel and, if indigent, shall be entitled to the services of the public defender, and shall have the right to cross-examine witnesses and to present evidence in such defendant's own behalf. Unless good cause is shown, a charge of violation of any of the conditions of probation or conditional discharge shall be disposed of or scheduled for a hearing not later than one hundred twenty days after the defendant is arraigned on such charge.

(d) If such violation is established, the court may: (1) Continue the sentence of probation or conditional discharge; (2) modify or enlarge the conditions of probation or conditional discharge; (3) extend the period of probation or conditional discharge, provided the original period with any extensions shall not exceed the periods authorized by section 53a-29; or (4) revoke the sentence of probation or conditional discharge. If such sentence is revoked, the court shall require the defendant to serve the sentence imposed or impose any lesser sentence. Any such lesser sentence may include a term of imprisonment, all or a portion of which may be suspended entirely or after a period set by the court, followed by a period of probation with such conditions as the court may establish. No such revocation shall be ordered, except upon consideration of the whole record and unless such violation is established by the introduction of reliable and probative evidence and by a preponderance of the evidence.

Sec. 13. Section 54-142m of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2012):

(a) A criminal justice agency holding nonconviction information may disclose it to persons or agencies not otherwise authorized (1) for the purposes of research, evaluation or statistical analysis, or (2) if there is a specific agreement with a criminal justice agency to provide services required for the administration of criminal justice pursuant to such agreement. The Judicial Branch may disclose nonconviction information to a state agency pursuant to an agreement to provide services related to the collection of moneys due. Any such disclosure of information shall be limited to that information necessary for the collection of moneys due. Pursuant to an agreement, the Judicial Branch may disclose nonconviction information to the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services for the administration of court-ordered evaluations and the provision of programs and services to persons with psychiatric disabilities and substance abuse treatment needs. Pursuant to an agreement, the Judicial Branch may disclose nonconviction information to advocates for victims of family violence to allow such advocates to develop plans to provide for the safety of victims and victims' minor children, provided such agreement prohibits such advocates from disclosing such nonconviction information to any person, including, but not limited to, a victim of family violence.

(b) No nonconviction information may be disclosed to such persons or agencies except pursuant to a written agreement between the agency holding it and the persons to whom it is to be disclosed.

(c) The agreement shall specify the information to be disclosed, the persons to whom it is to be disclosed, the purposes for which it is to be used, the precautions to be taken to insure the security and confidentiality of the information and the sanctions for improper disclosure or use.

(d) Persons to whom information is disclosed under the provisions of this section shall not without the subject's prior written consent disclose or publish such information in such manner that it will reveal the identity of such subject.

Sec. 14. Section 51-286e of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2012):

(a) For the purposes of this section, "victim" includes the legal representative of the victim or a member of the deceased victim's immediate family.

(b) The state's attorney for a judicial district wherein an offense has been committed shall notify any victim of the offense, if such victim has requested notification and provided the state's attorney with a current address, of any judicial proceedings relating to [his] the victim's case including (1) the arrest of the defendant, (2) the arraignment of the defendant, (3) the release of the defendant pending judicial proceedings, and (4) proceedings in the prosecution of the defendant, including the dismissal of the charges against the defendant, the entry of a nolle prosequi to the charges against the defendant, the entry of a plea of guilty [,] by the defendant, and the trial and sentencing of the defendant.

Sec. 15. Subdivision (7) of subsection (b) of section 54-203 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2012):

(7) To provide each person who applies for compensation pursuant to section 54-204, within ten days of the date of receipt of such application, with a written list of rights of victims of crime involving personal injury and the programs available in this state to assist such victims. The Office of Victim Services, the state or any agent, employee or officer thereof shall not be liable for the failure to supply such list or any alleged inadequacies of such list. Such list shall include, but not be limited to:

(A) Subject to the provisions of sections 18-81e and 51-286e, as amended by this act, the victim shall have the right to be informed concerning the status of his or her case and to be informed of the release from custody of the defendant;

(B) Subject to the provisions of section 54-91c, the victim shall have the right to present a statement of his or her losses, injuries and wishes to the prosecutor and the court prior to the acceptance by the court of a plea of guilty or nolo contendere made pursuant to a plea agreement with the state wherein the defendant pleads to a lesser offense than the offense with which the defendant was originally charged;

(C) Subject to the provisions of section 54-91c, prior to the imposition of sentence upon the defendant, the victim shall have the right to submit a statement to the prosecutor as to the extent of any injuries, financial losses and loss of earnings directly resulting from the crime;

(D) Subject to the provisions of section 54-126a, the victim shall have the right to appear before a panel of the Board of Pardons and Paroles and make a statement as to whether the defendant should be released on parole and any terms or conditions to be imposed upon any such release;

(E) Subject to the provisions of section 54-36a, the victim shall have the right to have any property the victim owns which was seized by police in connection with an arrest to be returned;

(F) Subject to the provisions of sections 54-56e and 54-142c, the victim shall have the right to be notified of the application by the defendant for the pretrial program for accelerated rehabilitation and to obtain from the court information as to whether the criminal prosecution in the case has been dismissed;

(G) Subject to the provisions of section 54-85b, the victim cannot be fired, harassed or otherwise retaliated against by an employer for appearing under a subpoena as a witness in any criminal prosecution;

(H) Subject to the provisions of section 54-86g, the parent or legal guardian of a child twelve years of age or younger who is a victim of child abuse or sexual assault may request special procedural considerations to be taken during the testimony of the child;

(I) Subject to the provisions of section 46b-15, as amended by this act, the victim of assault by a spouse or former spouse, family or household member has the right to request the arrest of the offender, request a protective order and apply for a restraining order;

(J) Subject to the provisions of sections 52-146k, 54-86e and 54-86f, the victim of sexual assault or domestic violence can expect certain records to remain confidential; and

(K) Subject to the provisions of section 53a-32, as amended by this act, receive notification from a probation officer whenever the officer has notified a police officer that the probation officer has probable cause to believe that the offender has violated a condition of such offender's probation.

Sec. 16. Section 54-216 of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2012):

(a) The Office of Victim Services or, on review, a victim compensation commissioner may order that services be provided for the restitution of any person eligible for such services in accordance with the provisions of sections 54-201 to 54-233, inclusive. Such services may include but shall not be limited to medical, psychiatric, psychological and social services and social rehabilitation services.

(b) The Office of Victim Services or, on review, a victim compensation commissioner may order that such restitution services be provided to victims of child abuse and members of their families, victims of sexual assault and members of their families, victims of domestic violence and members of their families, [and] members of the family of any victim of homicide, and children who witness domestic violence, including, but not limited to, children who are not related to the victim. For the purposes of this subsection, "members of their families" or "member of the family" does not include the person responsible for such child abuse, sexual assault, domestic violence or homicide.

(c) The Office of Victim Services may contract with any public or private agency for any services ordered under this section.

Sec. 17. Subsection (e) of section 46b-38b of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2012):

(e) (1) Each law enforcement agency shall develop, in conjunction with the Division of Criminal Justice, and implement specific operational guidelines for arrest policies in family violence incidents. Such guidelines shall include, but not be limited to: (A) Procedures for the conduct of a criminal investigation; (B) procedures for arrest and for victim assistance by peace officers; (C) education as to what constitutes speedy information in a family violence incident; (D) procedures with respect to the provision of services to victims; and (E) such other criteria or guidelines as may be applicable to carry out the purposes of sections 46b-1, 46b-15, as amended by this act, 46b-38a to 46b-38f, inclusive, as amended by this act, and 54-1g. Such procedures shall be duly promulgated by such law enforcement agency. On and after October 1, 2012, each law enforcement agency shall develop and implement specific operational guidelines for arrest policies in family violence incidents which, at a minimum, meet the standards set forth in the model law enforcement policy on family violence established in subdivision (2) of this subsection.

(2) There is established a model law enforcement policy on family violence for the state. Such policy shall consist of the model policy submitted by the task force established in section 19 of public act 11-152 on January 31, 2012, to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to the judiciary, except that on and after October 1, 2012, the model law enforcement policy on family violence, as amended from time to time by the Family Violence Model Policy Governing Council established pursuant to section 18 of this act, shall be the model law enforcement policy on family violence for the state.

(3) Not later than July 1, 2013, and annually thereafter, each law enforcement agency shall submit a report to the Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection, in such form as the commissioner prescribes, regarding the law enforcement agency's compliance with the model law enforcement policy on family violence for the state.

[(2)] (4) On and after July 1, 2010, each law enforcement agency shall designate at least one officer with supervisory duties to expeditiously process, upon request of a victim of family violence or other crime who is applying for U Nonimmigrant Status (A) a certification of helpfulness on Form I-918, Supplement B, or any subsequent corresponding form designated by the United States Department of Homeland Security, confirming that the victim of family violence or other crime has been helpful, is being helpful, or is likely to be helpful in the investigation or prosecution of the criminal activity, and (B) any subsequent certification required by the victim.

Sec. 18. (NEW) (Effective from passage) (a) There is established a Family Violence Model Policy Governing Council for the purpose of (1) evaluating policies and procedures used by law enforcement agencies when responding to incidents of family violence and violations of restraining orders and protective orders, (2) reviewing and updating the model law enforcement policy on family violence for the state established in section 46b-38b of the general statutes, as amended by this act, and (3) evaluating the accuracy of data collected by the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection under section 46b-38d of the general statutes and the Court Support Services Division under section 46b-38f of the general statutes.

(b) The council shall consist of the following members:

(1) One appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives;

(2) One appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate;

(3) One appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives;

(4) One appointed by the minority leader of the Senate;

(5) One appointed by the Governor;

(6) One representative of the Police Officer Standards and Training Council with experience in domestic violence training, appointed by the chairperson of the council;

(7) One representative of the Office of the Chief State's Attorney, appointed by the Chief State's Attorney;

(8) One representative of the office of the Chief Public Defender, appointed by the Chief Public Defender;

(9) One representative of the Office of the Victim Advocate, appointed by the Victim Advocate;

(10) One representative of the Division of State Police with experience in domestic violence training, appointed by the Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection;

(11) One judge of the Superior Court assigned to hear criminal matters, appointed by the Chief Court Administrator;

(12) One victim of domestic violence, one victim advocate with courtroom experience in domestic violence matters and one representative of the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Inc., each appointed by the executive director of the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Inc.;

(13) One representative of the legal aid programs in Connecticut, appointed by the executive director of the Legal Assistance Resource Center of Connecticut; and

(14) One representative of the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association, appointed by the president of the association.

(c) Any member of the council appointed under subdivision (1), (2), (3) or (4) of subsection (b) of this section may be a member of the General Assembly.

(d) All members of said council shall be appointed on or before July 1, 2012, and quadrennially thereafter, to serve for a term of four years. Any member may be reappointed, and any member may continue to serve until such member's successor is appointed and qualified. Any vacancy shall be filled by the appointing authority.

(e) The members of the council shall select two chairpersons of the council from among the members of the council. Said chairpersons shall schedule the first meeting of the council, which shall be held not later than sixty days after the effective date of this section.

(f) The administrative staff of the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to the judiciary shall serve as administrative staff of the council.

(g) Not later than January 15, 2013, and annually thereafter, the council shall submit a report in accordance with section 11-4a of the general statutes to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to the judiciary regarding the effectiveness of the model law enforcement policy on family violence for the state established in section 46b-38b of the general statutes, as amended by this act.

Sec. 19. (Effective from passage) (a) The Office of State-Wide Emergency Telecommunications shall conduct a study to determine the cost, feasibility and public safety considerations of redesigning the state-wide emergency 9-1-1 telephone system in a manner that allows individuals to send a text message with or from a mobile telephone or mobile electronic device to the state-wide emergency 9-1-1 telephone system and receive a text message response through such system. In conducting such study, the office shall seek the advice of the E 9-1-1 Commission established pursuant to section 28-29a of the general statutes.

(b) Not later than January 15, 2013, the Office of State-Wide Emergency Telecommunications shall submit a report containing the findings of the study to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public safety and criminal law, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

October 1, 2012

46b-15(a) to (d)

Sec. 2

October 1, 2012

46b-38a

Sec. 3

October 1, 2012

46b-38c(d)

Sec. 4

October 1, 2012

54-1k

Sec. 5

October 1, 2012

54-63b

Sec. 6

October 1, 2012

46b-38c(h)

Sec. 7

October 1, 2012

46b-38h

Sec. 8

October 1, 2012

New section

Sec. 9

October 1, 2012

54-1d

Sec. 10

October 1, 2012

53a-61aa

Sec. 11

October 1, 2012

53a-181c

Sec. 12

October 1, 2012

53a-32

Sec. 13

October 1, 2012

54-142m

Sec. 14

October 1, 2012

51-286e

Sec. 15

October 1, 2012

54-203(b)(7)

Sec. 16

October 1, 2012

54-216

Sec. 17

October 1, 2012

46b-38b(e)

Sec. 18

from passage

New section

Sec. 19

from passage

New section

JUD

Joint Favorable Subst.-LCO

 

PS

Joint Favorable

 

GAE

Joint Favorable