Kansas governor signs 'Kristin's Law' to protect victims of domestic violence

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TOPEKA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has signed into law a bill that protects victims of domestic violence.

"Kristin's Law" is named after a woman shot and killed by her husband in Derby last year after a history of domestic abuse.

Kristin Florio died in October of 2018 after a murder-suicide at the hands of Randy Gile. He killed her after he was released from jail, but Florio thought he was still behind bars for attacking her and making threats. 

The law will require victims of domestic violence to be notified if their accused attacker is released from jail. 

A sponsor of the bill, Rep. Ponka-We Victors, said the Gov. Kelly signed the bill Monday and a ceremonial signing will take place on May 29.

"I have been working on this bill since last year with advocates..." Rep. Victor's said. "It's a good bill!"


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Amanda Smith is on a mission. She's taken her cause all the way to the state capitol.

"Just to give Kristin her voice. That's all she wanted. She wanted to be heard, she wanted it to be known," says Smith.

She's paving the way for a law on behalf of her childhood friend, Kristin Florio, who was killed by her husband last year. 

"She was told and reassured that he would be arrested on October 5th and October 6th, she was gunned down," says Smith.

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It's been dubbed "Kristin's Law," and would require victims of domestic violence to be notified if their accused abuser has been released from jail.

 It's something domestic violence like Kayla Gruver are watching closely. Gruver is a mother of five kids. Her youngest is only two months old.

"My ex threatened to break into my home and steal my children," says Gruver. 

Gruver says victims of domestic violence often have no idea idea if their abuser is still in jail or out on the streets, leaving their lives hanging in the balance. 

"They give you a protection from stalking order and all that is is a piece of paper and 9 times out of 10 it doesn't get enforced," says Gruver. 

She and Smith say even an hours notice could be the difference between life and death.

"Say Kristin had an automatic notification of when Randy was arrested, of when Randy was released, every step of whatever he was doing, she would know. I believe she would still be here today," says Smith.