FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - People who violate domestic violence
orders could be required to wear ankle monitors under legislation
that received final passage Wednesday night in the Kentucky General
House lawmakers voted 100-0 on Amanda's Bill, a measure that
would allow authorities to keep electronic tabs on domestic abusers
in the most volatile cases. It now goes to Gov. Steve Beshear for
Beshear had called for lawmakers to pass such a measure in his
State of the Commonwealth address in January, and he is expected to
sign it into law.
"This bill has been refined right up to the last minute to make
sure we have the best possible tool for judges to use in these
cases," House Speaker Greg Stumbo said.
Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, said the legislation, which passed the
Senate earlier Wednesday, would prove to be one of the landmark
achievements of this year's legislative session.
The bill is named after Amanda Ross, who was gunned down outside
her Lexington home last year. Former state Rep. Steve Nunn has been
charged with killing her and has entered a not guilty plea. After
the breakup of their engagement, Ross had obtained a domestic
violence protective order.
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