Stumbo Files "Amanda's Law" Domestic Violence Bill

by Gabe Bullard on September 24, 2009

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh

Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo has now pre-filed legislation for the 2010 session that he hopes will become known as “Amanda’s Law.” The measure, as reported Monday by Kentucky Public Radio, will give judges the option of making individuals named in Domestic Violence Orders wear electronic tracking devices.

“The system will create what we call an electronic barrier around the person to be protected so that when that barrier’s breached by the person who’s being restrained an alarm system goes off, not only at the monitoring station, but also to the victim, themselves, so they know,” he says. “They have knowledge.”

Stumbo’s bill comes in response to the September 11th murder of Amanda Ross, who was gunned down outside her Lexington townhouse.

“Of the states that have utilized this system, it is 100-percent effective. There’s not been one death. From what we know – from the information we have, there’s not been one death that’s occurred,” says Stumbo.

Former lawmaker Steve Nunn is charged with her murder. He has pleaded Not Guilty. Speaker Stumbo’s bill has the blessing of Amanda Ross’ mother, who attended Stumbo’s news conference Thursday, but did not speak.

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