Amendment Article XXIX
CONSTITUTION ARTICLE I, Section 8
Crime victims’ rights.
SJR 13 1996
Senate: 1976-2001, 3234-3251
Committee: None. See Judiciary hearing for SJR 4.
Judiciary (SJR 4): 566, 568-573, 587, 589-595, 600-606, 676-682, 959-970
Total Pages: 194 pages
Adopted: November 27, 1996 by a popular vote of 656,223 in favor and 179,882 against.
“It is certainly not the intent to provide a veto power to the victim of a crime. But the intent is to allow a victim to express an opinion . . . to the court, rather than . . . indirectly through the prosecutor . . .”
–Rep. Lawlor speaking on the floor of the Connecticut House of Representatives , April 25th, 1996, to explain proposed constitutional amendment S.J.R. No. 13 which would provide for the rights of crime victims.