"Amelia's Law" passes Tenn. Senate, going to Governor's desk

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- "Amelia's Law," named in honor of Amelia Keown, is heading to Governor Bill Haslam's desk for his signature.

The Tennessee Senate passed their version of the bill 29-0. The Tennessee House of Representatives passed the bill last week.

If made law, "Amelia's Law" would give judge's the ability to order a drug or alcohol offender to wear a transdermal monitoring device, which would detect drugs or alcohol in a person's body.

Investigators say 45-year-old John Perkins, a former criminal out of prison on parole, was under the influence when he hit Keown's car going over 70 miles per hour on Highway 411 in Blount County, killing them both.


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