JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The House Special Committee on Military and Veterans' Affairs has moved a bill allowing judges to consider post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries as a mitigating factor during sentencing of combat veterans.
House Bill 313 is sponsored by Rep. Les Gara, an Anchorage Democrat.
The measure allows a state judge to take PTSD and traumatic brain injuries into account as a possibility of a reduced sentence. Sentencing reductions would be on condition of counseling.
The bill moves now to the House Judiciary Committee.