Rep. Ramsey working on ‘Amelia’s Law’

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Rep. Ramsey working on ‘Amelia’s Law’

Rep. Ramsey working on ‘Amelia’s Law’

By Joel Davis | (

Blount County’s representatives will be involved with a variety of bills during the 108th session of the Tennessee Legislature, which convened at noon on Tuesday

State Rep. Robert Ramsey, R-Maryville, said he is among a group of legislators working with the family of Amelia Keown, a 16-year-old William Blount High School junior who died Aug. 15 in a head-on collision on U.S. Highway 411 South.

“We’re trying to work with her family on a bill,” he said. “I may be a co-sponsor. It may be ‘Amelia’s Bill.’ We’re trying to work on doing something that will correct some problems with the parole office that was instrumental in the release of the person who caused that accident.”

The driver of the other vehicle, identified as John C. Perkins, 44, of Maryville, died early the next day after the accident. Toxicology results later confirmed that Perkins, who was on parole, had drugs in his system at the time of the crash.

Amanda Moore is seeking a new state law to prevent offenders like Perkins from being paroled. The proposed legislation, dubbed “Amelia’s Law,” would be similar to the “three strikes” law.

Ramsey is also working on a bill that would create a uniform financial management act for Tennessee counties and a bill targeted at helping curb prescription abuse.


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