GPS Tracking Domestic Violence Offenders One Step Closer
Amanda’s Bill Passes House 97-0
A law aimed at curbing repeat offenses of domestic violence passed yesterday when the House of Representatives voted unanimously 97-0 on a measure that would allow judges to court order GPS tracking monitoring of domestic violence offenders. The bill, titled Amanda’s Bill, was created after a 29-year-old woman named Amanda Ross was gunned down by a man with a prior record of domestic violence. The bill, that is currently awaiting a vote by the Senate, would allow law enforcement to monitor domestic violence offenders via tracking system technology the same way sexual offenders are currently being monitored.
Currently, 15 states allow GPS tracking and monitoring of domestic violence offenders, and most importantly, every single person under tracking system surveillance and monitoring in those states has not been involved in a repeat offense, reinforcing the need for more states to adopt a similar law/policy.
The representatives engaged in little debate over the function and purpose of the GPS tracking systems, but did raise some slight concerns about what would occur if an offender removed their personal GPS tracker, or if the offender and accompanying tracking system were in a remote area with poor cellular coverage.
It appears only a matter of short time before the GPS tracking law moves through the Senate and into Kentucky law.