FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky legislative panel has approved
a proposal that calls for the state Supreme Court to test a plan to
open some juvenile court hearings to the public.
The House Judiciary Committee voted 9-1 on Wednesday to refer
the proposal to the full House for consideration.
Under the legislation, the Supreme Court would test a plan to
open some child abuse and parental rights hearings in only a
handful of courtrooms. Such hearings have traditionally been closed
Democratic state Rep. Susan Westrom of Lexington said the
proposal could later be expanded statewide if no problems arise in
the test courtrooms.
State Rep. Brent Yont, the lone dissenter, said he worries the
move may not be in the best interest of the juveniles involved.
The legislation is House Bill 407.
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