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From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh

Another level of protection for alleged victims of domestic violence is at the heart of legislation to be offered this week by Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo.

When Amanda Ross was murdered on September 11th in Lexington, a domestic violence order was in place against Steve Nunn, the man accused of killing her.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo believes legislation he will introduce Thursday could have saved Ross’ life.

“It will set up a system of GPS electronic monitoring which can be used as protection for people like Amanda Ross,” says Stumbo, “so that they will know that there’s areas that they can be safe in.”

Stumbo says he has permission from the family to call the legislation the Amanda Ross bill.

He says monitoring devices are already used in DVO cases in around 14 other states. Stumbo says the person wearing the device would have to cover any costs associated with the monitoring.