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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.-- A bill currently being considered in Raleigh would mean domestic violence offenders under a court or magistrate's order would be monitored by GPS tracking devices. House Bill 477 is named after Allison Gaither from Forsyth County.

The House voted unanimously Monday evening in favor of the new bill. If implemented, authorities and victims would be alerted when a violent offender is near the victim's home, school or work.

Forsyth Family Services Domestic Violence Specialist Alison Cranford says the legislation is a good idea, but she has some concerns.

"I'd love to have this as one of our tools. My concern is with shortage of funding in all areas, the cost of this, to fund it. I don't want it taking away from other services," said Cranford.

Police say Allison Gaither was fatally stabbed in 2009 by her estranged husband near her Ardmore neighborhood home. Court records show Cory Gaither did have a 50-b protective order against him, but police say he still came to Gaither's home and stabbed her multiple times before going to Davidson County and killing himself.

The GPS requirement would begin in July 2014, after the state works to figure out how to implement and pay for the program since it would require new and more GPS equipment in most North Carolina counties.