Amish buggy legislation clears General Assembly

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - One step remains before lawmakers allow the Amish to forgo a longstanding traffic safety measure in the name of religious freedom.

The House voted 75-21 Tuesday for a Senate bill to allow the Amish to use reflective tape on the backs of their horse-drawn buggies rather than bright orange triangles that some object to.

The Amish complain that the signs call attention to them, which is against their religion, and the triangular shape represents the Trinity, which they're not allowed to flaunt.

The proposal heads to Gov. Steve Beshear to be signed into law.

Republican state Sen. Ken Winters of Murray filed the legislation because several Amish men in his western Kentucky district were jailed.


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