LITTLE ROCK, Ark.- A bill passed by the Arkansas House on Thursday looks to enforce stricter penalties for those who purchase, or use a blue light for unlawful reasons.
This comes in response nearly 20 years after several women were raped and kidnapped by Rob Burmingham, who is serving a life sentence.
Representative Tim Lemons (R-Cabot) and survivor Shannon Woods are hoping for stricter penalties under "Shannon's law." Those penalties would be upgraded charges for impersonating an officer with blue lights. With the new law it would escalate a misdemeanor to a Class D Felony.
"It just came to me really in 2015, when I saw the current blue light law and how vague it was and I knew I needed to try to make a change so the same thing doesn't happen to anyone else," said Woods.
Rep. Lemons, who is rallying behind the bill, says it should be on the Senate floor next week.
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