Bill requires alleged stalkers to wear GPS tracking devices

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Jennifer Paulson is seen in this photo.
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- It pains Nancy Heisler to talk about her daughter.

Jennifer Paulson was killed by her stalker, Jed Waits, despite the fact she'd had an anti-harassment order against him.

"I visualize Jed Waits. She sees him. The fear in her eyes..." said Heisler.

Paulson was killed nearly a year ago as she was heading to her special education teaching job at a Tacoma's Birney Elementary School.

"He was there, waiting for her," said the victim's father, Ken Paulson.

The grief-stricken father told state lawmakers on Monday the anti-harassment order did nothing to protect his daughter.

"He shot her, walking into the school," he said.

There's a simple solution to prevent similar attacks in the future, said the father -- force those who've violated protection orders to be made to wear GPS monitoring devices for at least one week.

The device could be set to alert the police if the anti-harassment order was being violated, and alert the victim when the stalker is near.

"Could this have prevented Jennifer's murder? I don't know, but it could have given her a chance," said the victim's stepmother, Cindy Paulson. "And we want that chance for other people's daughters."

Under the proposed bill, the person being monitored would have to cover the costs of the GPS device.

Monday was the first hearing for the House bill.

Paulson's killer was killed in a confrontation with a deputy shortly after the murder.