Lawmakers in Frankfort will meet on Tuesday to vote on “Amanda’s Bill”, the domestic violence legislation named after Amanda Ross.
The 29-year-old Ross was murdered in front of her Lexington home in September. Her ex-fiancé, former state representative Steve Nunn, has been charged in her death.
In her first interview, Amanda’s mother Diana spoke to Good Morning America about the bill and how she hopes the legislation will prevent similar tragedies.
“It would’ve saved my daughter’s life if it had been in place September 11th,” says Ross. “She would not have stepped out her door that morning if she had had a GPS tracking device on her perpetrator.”
“Amanda’s Bill” would require those served with protective orders to wear a tracking device so police, and potential victims, can keep tabs on their whereabouts. Over a dozen states have passed similar legislation.
“It gives victims what we call a fighting chance in Kentucky. What we’ve learned is that it’s 100% effective. Individuals who have been required to wear these monitoring devices have not committed a homicide in a domestic violence situation,” says Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo.
“Amanda’s Bill” heads to the full House for a vote Tuesday afternoon.