Tennessee Senate passes Amelia’s Law

Amelia Keown (source: Family)
Amelia Keown (source: Family)

NASHVILLE (WATE) – The Tennessee Senate unanimously passed SB1962, known as Amelia’s Law, on Thursday morning.

The bill is named in memory of Amelia Keown. The Maryville teenager was killed in a car wreck by a prison parolee in August 2012.

Amelia had been on her way home from school on August 14, 2012 to pick up her pom poms for dance practice when she was hit and killed by John Perkins who also died.

Perkins had been out on parole after serving a quarter of his time for aggravated armed robbery.

After a nearly two year effort, Keown’s family says this is a step towards justice for their child.

The bill calls for a transdermal monitoring device for parolees whose crimes were directly related to drugs and alcohol. Similar to an ankle bracelet, it would test the person’s blood every 30 minutes.

Keown’s mom believes the device might have saved her daughters life.

“The level of drugs he was on that day, it was toxic, almost lethal levels of oxy and Xanex and meth. Had they been monitoring him and tracking him, something could have been done to prevent him from killing her that day,” said Amanda Moore.

The bill passed the Tennessee House on February 27.

The bill will now go to Gov. Bill Haslam’s desk for his signature. If he signs, the bill would take affect on July 1.

The district attorney general, parole board or court would ultimately decide who wears the device.

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