What’s left in the wake of her disappearance are a grieving family and lingering questions.
What if there had been an additional clerk on duty that night? What if there had been proper security cameras? What if …?
We may never know the answers to our questions, but we do know that Jessica may now have an enduring legacy of helping to ensure the safety of other night clerks.
State Rep. Collene Lamonte, D-Montague, has proposed the Jessica Heeringa Act, which would put into place improved security requirements for gas stations and convenience stores that stay open between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. Such stores would be required to have two clerks on duty at night, or the installation of adequate security camera surveillance.
This seems like solid common sense, and most good business owners already have similar practices. But apparently this must be legislated so those not-so-inclined business owners are required to do the right thing.
Good for Lamonte, and good for Jessica.
While we should never give up on Jessica, or on finding answers for her family, we should also look to what good can come out of this terrible situation.
And this legislation would be a tremendous step toward finding that positive measure. We support Jessica, her family and this proposed legislation. We implore you to contact your elected representatives in Lansing and ask them to approve the Jessica Heeringa Act.
Do it for Jessica, and do it for all those other night clerks out there who are somebody’s daughter, mother, grandson or brother.
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