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Mon September 21, 2009
Stumbo Unveils Domestic Violence Legislation
By Tony McVeigh
Frankfort, KY – This Thursday, Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo will unveil legislation named in honor of recent murder victim Amanda Ross. Ross was gunned down September 11th outside her Lexington townhouse. Former legislator Steve Nunn is charged with her murder. Stumbo says the bill will allow judges to require the subjects of domestic violence orders to wear monitoring devices.
"Had the court had the option to use that type of device in the Amanda Ross case, she might well be alive today. Will that be an un-funded mandate? How will counties pay for it?' Depends upon the cost. Generally, the individuals pay for it. If it's home incarceration, for example, the individual pays the cost of the monitoring device."
Stumbo says he has permission from the family to name the legislation for Amanda Ross. He says around 14 other states, including California, already require the subjects of domestic violence orders to wear monitoring devices.