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Amie's Law Heading to Washington


A Wisconsin teenage changed the law in our state, and now she's heading to Washington to try to change a national sex offender law.

Amie Zyla of Waukesha convinced Wisconsin lawmakers to open the records of juvenile sex offenders to the public this year.

When Amie was eight, 14-year-old Joshua Wade assaulted her. When she heard he had been arrested again on charges of molesting other children, she asked our legislature to change the law so law enforcement officials could release the names of juvenile sex offenders to the public.

Governor Doyle signed "Amie's Law" in May, and now the 17-year-old will ask Congress to pass a national law.

"Something should be done. It's not fair to me, and it's not fair to the new victims that it happened to," says Amie Zyla.

"As soon as Amie said that she was willing, there was no hesitation," says Mark Zyla, Amie's father.

Amie's been practicing the speech she's going to give before Congress Thursday. She says she's a little nervous, but that's not going to stop her.


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