Amelia's Law passes Tenn. State House

Amelia's Law passes Tenn. State House


NASHVILLE (WATE) - The Tennessee House of Representatives approved Thursday HB1759, known as Amelia's Law, named in memory of Amelia Keown. The Maryville teenager was killed in a car wreck by a prison parolee in August 2012.

The bill passed by a vote of 91 to 1.

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. 

The law will call for a device called a transdermal monitor to be worn by parolees. If passed, the law will go into effect July 1.

A State Senate vote is expected in March, the same month Amelia would have turned 18 years old.

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