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Thu March 11, 2010
Amanda's bill clears Senate committee
By Tony McVeigh
Frankfort, KY – Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo is applauding Senate committee passage of Amanda's Bill on domestic violence. The measure now awaits a Senate floor vote. Stumbo offered the bill in the wake of last September's murder of Amanda Ross of Lexington. Stumbo believes Amanda's Bill possibly could have prevented Ross' death.
"Oh yes! There was a violation of the DVO. That's right. And they refer back to the various statutes that protect victims. And those are very broad statutes that include threatening, stalking, menacing - more than just physical violence."
Amanda Ross' former fianc Steve Nunn is accused of her murder. Nunn has pleaded not guilty. Amanda's Bill, as revised, would allow judges to order electronic tracking devices for individuals who violate Domestic Violence Orders.