FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A bill aimed at allowing Kentucky judges
to order ankle monitors for people posing a domestic violence
threat has cleared a key hurdle in the General Assembly.
The measure - named in honor of a Lexington woman who was gunned
down outside her home last year - was approved Thursday by the
Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Speaker Greg Stumbo, the bill's lead sponsor, called the
committee action a "positive step forward." The bill passed the
House in January.
The Senate panel changed part of the bill. Under its version,
alleged abusers would wear ankle monitors if they violated a
domestic violence order. The House version allowed judges to order
ankle monitors for people named in domestic violence orders.
Stumbo said he didn't think the changes hurt the bill, but said
he needed time to fully review the Senate committee version.
The legislation is House Bill 1.
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