Dating violence bill appears headed to House floor

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Associated Press

Posted on February 10, 2010 at 6:27 PM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Protective orders would be available to anyone caught up in potentially dangerous relationships under a measure that appears headed to the House floor for a vote.

The House Judiciary Committee gave thumbs up Wednesday to the measure that allows people involved in intimate relationships gone sour to seek protection from Kentucky judges. Under current law, only spouses or people who live together can seek protective orders.

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

Last month, House lawmakers passed legislation that would allow judges to order people named in domestic violence orders to wear ankle monitors.

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The legislation is House Bill 1 and House Bill 189.

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