State Senate passes law named for Schuylerville student

The state Senate has passed a version of a law named for a Schuylerville eighth grader who was denied the opportunity to speak at the sentencing of a driver who caused a car accident that injured her father.

In 2012, 11-year-old Emma O’Rourke wanted to address the court to express how the accident had affected her and her family. However, she was denied the opportunity because the driver that hit her father pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of reckless driving.

“Emma’s Law” was recently passed unanimously by the Senate. The measure is currently being reviewed by the Assembly’s Codes Committee. “Emma’s Law” would amend state law to enable the victim of a misdemeanor to make a statement at the sentencing of a defendant.

Click here to read a full article in the Saratogian about “Emma’s Law.”