Brookfield state Representative Stephen Harding is touting passage of a bill strengthening Connecticut's domestic violence laws. Several changes to current law are made under the bill headed to Governor Malloy.
The bill updates stalking laws to say that electronic or social media are among the ways to stalk someone. It also broadens the strangulation statutes to include suffocation when a person obstructs another person's nose or mouth. The bill increases the penalty for violations of release conditions when the violation involves certain conduct.
Lastly, it requires a pre-sentence investigation for anyone convicted of a family violence crime for which a prison sentence may be imposed and prohibits them from waiving the investigation.