Proposed Bill Designed To Protect Late-Night Clerks

MUSKEGON (WWJ) – A West Michigan state lawmaker wants late-night gas stations to have at least two employees on staff — or working security cameras.

Representative Colleen Lamonte of Montague  says she drafted the bill because of the still-unsolved Jessica Heeringa case.

The 26-year-old from Norton Shores disappeared overnight in April, just before closing time, at the gas station where she worked.

Her murder remains unsolved.

“And the police have been very frustrated with the fact that there have been very little leads to go on, with regard to this case,” said Lamonte, “and a lot of it had to do with that there were no security cameras installed at this gas station.”

Lamonte unveiled the legislation at a news conference in western Michigan Monday morning.

“There are actually four other states in the country that have similar laws on the books,” she said, “and there are actually two other states that are currently looking at implementing this type of a bill.”

LaMonte, a Democrat, wants to call her bill “Jessica’s Law.”

Anyone with information about the Jessica Heeringa case is urged to call 231-733-2691 or 911.

[Catch up on the case].


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