State House renames dating violence efforts ‘Bree’s Law’
Lawmakers in the state House have passed legislation Wednesday to rename Alaska’s initiative to stop dating violence in honor of an Anchorage teen slain by her boyfriend.
According to the House majority, representatives unanimously renamed the state’s curriculum to fight dating violence against 20-year-old Breanna Moore, who was shot to death by her boyfriend in 2014. Moore’s parents have been asking lawmakers to remember their daughter in the program’s name
Rep. Harriet Drummond (D-Anchorage), who sponsored House Bill 214, said in the majority’s statement Wednesday that the response to Moore’s death was an attempt “to use the most horrific events imaginable to improve our society.”
“For her friends and family, that loss will never go away. However, thanks to the tireless efforts of her parents and others, Bree’s death has become a rallying cry to prevent dating violence in Alaska,” Drummond said. “From now on when teenagers in Alaska learn about how to recognize and prevent dating violence they will do so with the memory of Bree Moore in the backdrop. Her death is an example that as a society we can, and must, do better.”
Alaska students are instructed from seventh grade through their high-school graduation in ways to avoid dating violence, under the Alaska Safe Children’s Act passed in 2015.
Joshua Almeda received a 75-year sentence in 2015 for Moore’s death, after pleading guilty to killing her.
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