Senate committee offers alternative to 'Bree’s Law' bill
A Senate panel has proposed a program on teen dating violence be named after Anchorage murder victim Breanna Moore, killed by her boyfriend four years ago.
In February, the House unanimously approved HB 214, which would rename sections of the Alaska Safe Children’s Act after Moore and call it Bree's Law.
The sections to be renamed cover public-school education on preventing dating violence. Students in grades seven through 12 will receive instruction on the topic, under curriculum plans at local school districts.
Under a plan rolled out by the Senate Finance Committee, the state program will be placed under the Department of Education and Early Development, which will work directly with districts on lesson plans.
The effort would be called the "Bree Moore Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Program."
The Senate Finance Committee made the adjustment from the original request, backed by Moore's parents, to call it "Bree's Law." The committee believed placing the program under the education department and attaching Moore’s name would create an alignment with federal and other state programs.
“When you Google 'Bree’s Law,' one site comes up,” said Sen. Natasha von Imhof (R-Anchorage). “When you Google 'teen violence and awareness prevention,' a whole slew of resources that are nationally certified come up.”
The bill still needs a vote from the full Senate, and another vote from the House on the changes.
Lawmakers are expected to adjourn this weekend, though they have until next Wednesday to close out the session.
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