House passes bill to expand protective orders

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Associated Press

Posted on February 18, 2010 at 9:06 AM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky House has passed a bill that would make protective orders available to people whose dating relationships have turned violent.

The measure cleared the House on a 96-0 vote Wednesday. It now goes to the Senate.

It would allow people who are 18 or older and have been in dating relationships to seek protective orders from Kentucky judges.

Under current law, only spouses or people who live together can seek protective orders.

The proposal is the latest effort to toughen domestic violence laws since former lawmaker Steve Nunn was charged with murder last year in the shooting death of his ex-fiancee, Amanda Ross.

House lawmakers earlier passed a bill that would allow judges to order people named in domestic violence orders to wear ankle monitors.

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The legislation that passed Wednesday is House Bill 189.

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