by Rebecca Gannon (ARKANSAS CITY, Kan.)
Kansas' Jodi's Law has already been used three times and it's been on the books for less than two weeks. The law more clearly defines stalking and allows law enforcement to intervene in cases sooner than they previously could have.
It's named after 19-year-old Cowley College student Jodi Sanderholm. Governor Kathleen Sebelius ceremonially signed the law in Arkansas City on Wednesday.
It took 18 months to get to this moment and mere seconds for Governor Sebelius to sign it. "Thank you Kathleen for signing the bill," said Brian Sanderholm, Jodi's father, "Thank you all for being behind us. It's really made something good out of something bad."
Sanderholm says his daughter Jodi was stalked before being kidnapped, raped, and murdered. Since then the family has worked to pass tougher stalking laws in Kansas.
Jodi's law went into effect July 1. "It's already been used three times," said Jodi's sister Jennifer. "And that is just incredible. And hopefully this won't happen to anyone else. Nobody else will have to lose their sister, like Jason and I did. No one else will lose their daughter like Mom and Dad did."