Domestic violence won't preclude public service

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Associated Press

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 7:34 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 3 at 7:34 PM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Domestic violence convictions won't preclude Kentuckians from running for elected offices.

Lawmakers pulled a provision on Wednesday that would have added domestic violence to treason and a handful of other misdeeds that would bar would-be politicians from public service.

The Kentucky legislature has taken a hard look at domestic violence issues since former lawmaker Steve Nunn was charged with murder in the shooting death last year of his ex-fiancee, Amanda Ross of Lexington.

Lawmakers are expected to vote next week on legislation that would allow people in dating relationships to seek protective orders.

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The legislation is House Bill 189.

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