AUGUSTA, Maine — A hearing on a bill to name a bridge in Harmony after a beloved teacher and her two children who were killed in Dexter last summer will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday before the Transportation Committee in Room 126 of the State House.
LD 1615, sponsored by Sen. Douglas Thomas, R-Ripley, would name the Route 150 bridge across Higgins Stream the Amy, Coty and Monica Lake Bridge.
“We need to remember the victims of domestic violence,” Thomas said said Sunday.
If passed by the Legislature, the bill also calls for the Route 154 bridge that crosses the Sebasticook River to be named the Remember Me Bridge as a reminder of all of Maine’s victims of domestic violence who have died in the past 20 years.
Amy Lake, 38, Coty Lake, 13, and Monica Lake, 12, were shot and killed on June 13 by Steven Lake, 37, Amy’s estranged husband and the children’s father. Steven Lake later committed suicide at the murder scene.
Amy Lake, who taught kindergarten at Ridge View Community School in Dexter, had taken out a protection from abuse order against Steven Lake in June 2010 after an incident in which he had gathered his family in a bedroom of their Wellington home and held a gun to his side, according to previously published reports. That protection order was in effect when she and her children were killed.
Thomas said Sunday that more than 4,000 people signed petitions seeking to have the bridges renamed. They will be presented to the committee Tuesday, the senator said.
The effort to rename the bridges was launched in July by Sandra Mitchell of Harmony. Amy Lake grew up in the small Somerset County town. Her parents, Linda and Ralph Bagley who still live in Harmony, were the first to sign the petitions.
Renaming both bridges would cost about $800 and could be funded from the current Maine Department of Transportation budget, according to a fiscal note attached to the bill.