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Ed Thomas law goes into effect

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- A piece of legislation sparked by the murder of Aplington-Parkersburg teacher and coach Ed Thomas becomes law July 1st.

The mental health hospitalization notification or "Ed Thomas Law", requires law enforcement be notified when people hospitalized for serious mental illness are released from their care and a warrant is out for their arrest.

Thomas was shot by a former student, Mark Becker, after Becker was released from the hospital a day before the shooting.

Hospitals could be fined $1,000 if they violate the law.

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