Amish buggy legislation to get vote

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A House committee is expected to consider a Senate bill Tuesday that would allow the Amish to forego a longstanding traffic safety measure in the name of religious freedom.

Both the House and Senate have passed a bill allowing the Amish to use strips of reflective tape on the backs of their horse-drawn buggies rather than bright orange slow-moving vehicle triangles that some object to on religious grounds.

Republican state Sen. Ken Winters of Murray, sponsor of the legislation, said the measure has an emergency clause that would allow it to go into effect quickly.

The measure was prompted by recent jailing in Graves County of Amish men for refusing to pay fines for not using the orange signs.

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