Federal Funding Possible For Amanda's Law

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo says a domestic violence prevention law appears to have cleared its final hurdle.

A proposal to appropriate $875,000 for Kentucky counties to purchase GPS monitoring devices has passed a congressional subcommittee. Stumbo says the federal money will be used to test out Amanda's Law.

"It's a whole lot easier to get a judge in Pendleton County if you say look it will work over there in Bourbon County or it'll work down there in Clark County, or it will work right over there in Anderson County. So I'm hopeful we'll use this money as seed for it as I said and let this system grow."

Stumbo joined Congressman Ben Chandler in making the funding announcement Thursday at the Bluegrass Domestic Violence Shelter in Lexington.

The money for ankle bracelets and other devices isn't a done-deal quite yet; Chandler hopes it will pass in an appropriations bill by the end of the year.