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Lawmakers: Governor Hogan expected to approve Amber’s Law

Following woman’s murder, family pushes for law that would track DV offenders (Courtesy: Amber's Family)

Angela Zarcone is rejoicing, following HB1163’s passage.

It’s named after her daughter Amber Schinault, who was killed by her ex-boyfriend, Andrew Kugler, in July 2012 in Berwyn Heights. Her murder came shortly after she requested a restraining order against him.

Kugler was later sentenced to life in prison.

“She rescued dogs, every life was important to her,” said Angela Zarcone.

Under Amber’s Law, domestic violence victims would be provided with an option that would require domestic violence suspects to wear GPS tracking devices around their ankles. The victims would then be able to track the suspect through an app. If the suspect gets too close, the GPS will alert police. The GPS model shown above is from Track Group.

“It took a small army, but we believed in it. we were passionate and we know that this will make a difference,” said Zarcone.

Between July 2015 and June 2016, there were 55 domestic-violence related deaths in the state; according to the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence (MNAD),

“Other innocent people are being exposed to danger all the timemasses of people could be protected,” said Zarcone.

Lawmakers strongly believe that Governor Larry Hogan will sign the bill or he may allow it to become law without his signature.

Portion of statement from Prince George’s County Councilman Mel Franklin:

“The passage of Amber’s Law is an amazing triumph for survivors of domestic violence and will save countless lives by strengthening protections against domestic violence abusers. I would like to thank Delegate Aruna Miller for leading the charge in Annapolis for this law, the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee and House Judiciary Committee, Committee Chairs Senator Bobby Zirkin and Delegate Joe Vallario, and Senate President Mike Miller and House Speaker Mike Busch, all of whom moved Amber’s Law with amazing speed. Most of all, I would like to thank Amber’s parents, Angela and Steven Zarcone, and her best friend, Jaime Boswell, for inspiring this impressive crusade to protect others from domestic violence in Amber’s memory. HB 1163 was also endorsed by the full Prince George’s County Council. The bill now goes to Governor Larry Hogan for his approval, which is widely expected.”

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