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House passes bill to expand protective orders

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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