Proposal to remove dueling language from oath of office clears state panel

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A proposal to remove dueling language from
Kentucky's oath of office for state officials has cleared a House
committee without any opposition.
The proposed constitutional amendment would drop the requirement
that incoming state officials swear they haven't taken part in a
duel with deadly weapons.
The language is a holdover from Kentucky's frontier days.
Democratic state Rep. Darryl Owens of Louisville said Tuesday
the dueling language causes laughter at swearing-in ceremonies,
detracting from what should be solemn occasions.
Owens, the proposal's sponsor, said the language can fuel
negative stereotypes about Kentucky.
The proposal would go on Kentucky's ballot if it clears both the
House and Senate.
The legislation is House Bill 36.

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