Congressman Ben Chandler (D-6) says Kentucky may soon receive $875,000 to enforce the new Amanda’s Law. The law allows for GPS tracking in certain domestic abuse cases, and the money would be used to purchase those devices. The $875,000 is working its way through the congressional budget process, Chandler says.

From CN2:

The law is named for Amanda Ross, who was murdered nearly a year ago. Her estranged ex-boyfriend, former state Rep. Steve Nunn, has been accused of fatally shooting Ross after she took out a domestic violence order against him. Nunn is awaiting trial in Lexington.

Judges can order the monitoring devices to keep tabs on offenders who are found to have stalked or assaulted a person after a domestic violence order was issued. Some county officials have said they haven’t started a pilot program to test the devices yet because they didn’t allot money in the budget for them. That’s where the federal funds come in.

Chandler said the $875,000 has cleared the appropriations subcommittee on commerce, justice and science. It is awaiting approval by the full house.

Fayette commonwealth attorney Ray Larson, whose office is handling the prosecution in the Nunn case, will be responsible for doling out those funds.

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