Constitutional Amendment Article XXIX

Amendment Article XXIX

CONSTITUTION ARTICLE  I, Section 8

Crime victims’ rights.

SJR 13                        1996

            Senate:            1976-2001, 3234-3251

           House:             2802-2910

           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.