A bill created in honor of a young girl murdered in Fort Payne could soon become law.
Lisa Ann Millican was murdered at Little River Canyon in 1982; now her family is pushing to pass “Lisa’s Law.” The bill, sponsored by Representative Proncey Robertson, would require anyone convicted of a violent crime to notify the attorney general’s office if they are profiting off the crime they committed, such as a movie or book. Then the attorney general can notify the victim or victim’s family, who could file a civil suit.
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“[Lisa’s Law] does something for crime victims to protect them from, in my opinion, just an abuse that could be happening there by someone who’s committed a crime against them and then begins to profit off of it,” said Robertson. “So we’re introducing this peice of legislation to make sure that our victims are compensated fairly.”
The bill also makes an amendment that would require a governor to make a reasonable effort to give 30 days notice to a victim’s family before commuting a sentence from death to life. The family then has the option to appeal the governor’s move. The bill now only needs to pass the full senate.