Amie's Law

By: Anna Wagnild
By: Anna Wagnild

Governor Jim Doyle inked Assembly Bill 99 into law this week and he made sure to have the bill's namesake with him when he did. The bill now called "Amie's law", is named after 17 year-old Amie Zyla, whowas abused almost ten years ago by a family friend, who was 14 at the time.
Because of his age, law enforcement had his convition history sealed, but Joshua Wade re-offended as an adult.
Zyla used her story to help legislators write and pass "Amie's law."
"At first, it was a little hard to do, but I just realized I could help a lot of people and it could make a difference," says Zyla.
Doyle says the old law allowed some offenders to slip through the system, but Amie's law is another tool for law enforcemtn to help keep it from happening again.
"To me, I think families have a right to know that information so they can make the decisions they need to make to keep their children safe," says Doyle.
The state Department of Corrections runs a website that allows residents to track registered sex offenders or to find out if there are any living in their zip code:
http://offender.doc.state.wi.us/public/


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