Asbury Park Press News Article on 'Sami's Law' Introduction in House & Senate
'Samantha Josephson murder: Slain USC student is namesake of ride-share law proposed in US Congress'
By Mollie Simon - USA Today Network -
Josephson was killed after getting into a vehicle she thought was her Uber, investigators have said.
Nathaniel Rowland has been charged with murder and kidnapping in the case.
If enacted, the bill proposed on Friday would require front license plates and illuminated windshield signs for ride-share vehicles in addition to scannable QR codes, or quick-response codes, on the sides of vehicles.
The bill, titled "Sami's Law," would penalize states that do not comply by removing 1% of their federal highway funding.
Josephson's parents met with lawmakers in May to advocate for policies protecting ride-share passengers.
“They have already made an enormous impact at home, as New Jersey has passed legislation that mirrors the federal version of Sami’s Law,” New Jersey Republican Rep. Chris Smith said in a prepared statement. “But Sami’s murder underscores that we need federal legislation so that ride-share customers are equally protected in all 50 states.”
Smith represents the Josephsons' home district.
Legislation was passed by the South Carolina General Assembly and signed into law on June 5 specifying that ride-share vehicles must display their license plate numbers on the front. South Carolina's Samantha L. Josephson Ridesharing Safety Act originally included requirements for illuminated signs, but that was removed prior to passage.
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