HARRISBURG – Centre County Rep. Scott Conklin plans to introduce legislation that would require those under Protection from Abuse orders in connection with a domestic violence case to wear an electronic monitoring device. He said nearly half of states across the nation permit electronic monitoring in such cases, and it’s time for PA to do the same. Conklin had a family friend, who was murdered by her estranged husband who she had a PFA order filed against. She had expressed fear of him, notably because he had firearms and repeatedly threatened to murder her. Conklin added that had he been ordered to wear a GPS monitoring device when the PFA order became final, she might be alive today. While Act 79, passed in 2018, requires a person who is under an active PFA order to turn over their firearms to local law enforcement within 24 hours of conviction, it still does not reduce the threat of additional violence toward a domestic violence victim.

REP. SCOTT CONKLIN