Lauren McCluskey’s father pushes for campus safety bill at Capitol

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – On Monday, Matt McCluskey testified before a Senate Committee about the need for improved campus safety after his daughter’s murder last October.

“It’s a pain that’s so complete, you almost can’t describe it. Every minute, I think of Lauren,” said her father.

Lauren McCluskey was murdered at the University of Utah by a man she dated briefly — and then broke up with — after she found out he was a registered sex offender.

“This bill, is, in some sense, written in blood,” said Matt during his testimony Monday afternoon.

He was in town from Washington State to make his case for SB 134, which he hopes will “prevent future harm, and even death, from befalling our most precious men and women.”

The bill passed unanimously through the House Education Committee and heads to the Utah House floor.

SB 134 would require colleges and universities to develop safety plans, safety training, and also would mandate a statewide system of sharing information related to domestic violence, stalking and sexual assault.

“I think that when the legislature speaks, public universities will listen,” said McCluskey.

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