The three Cleveland women found alive could have more money coming their way and a free ride to college, if a local lawmaker has his way.

State Rep. John Barnes, Jr. introduced a bill in Columbus on Tuesday that would provide Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight with at least $25,000 for each year they spent in captivity and free healthcare for life.

“This is not a giveaway, but it seeks to restore what they would have had, had they been free,”  Barnes said during a phone conversation from Columbus Tuesday evening.

Had they been free, the women would have had a chance to attend college.  Now they could get that opportunity.  The bill also gives free tuition to any state university or college

“Given the fact during their high school years most of them were held and so we want to give them the opportunity to go to state institutions without pay or cost,”  Barnes said.

If the legislation passes, the act would cover any victim held in captivity for eight years or more.

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