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Crime victim notification bill stalls in House committee

Rep. Brandt Smith (Source: Arkansas State House) Rep. Brandt Smith (Source: Arkansas State House)
LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT/KARK) -

A bill to notify crime victims of people set to be released from mental health facilities had trouble in a state House committee Tuesday in Little Rock, being tabled until the financial cost is known.

According to a report from KARK, the bill's sponsor and a crime victim are hopeful the bill will become law.

The House Judiciary Committee heard the bill, House Bill 1045, sponsored by Rep. Brandt Smith, R-Jonesboro. Under the bill, crime victims would be notified at least 30 days before a person would be released. The bill was inspired by a May 2014 incident involving Lauren Hannah.

Hannah told the committee and KARK that the situation was harrowing.  

"I really didn't think I was going to survive that attack," Hannah said. 

However, committee members were concerned about the overall financial cost, including $650,000 to install computer programs. 

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