House committee moves PTSD sentencing bill

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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.

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