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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - State senators have backed off a proposed constitutional amendment to abolish the office of county constable, opting instead to allow fiscal courts to decide their responsibilities and duties.
By a 7-1 vote, the Senate State and Local Government Committee on Wednesday approved the proposal by Sen. Julie Denton, a Louisville Republican, that would give the county legislative bodies "home rule" authority to define the duties of constables.
According to Garrard County Judge-Executive John Wilson, head of the Kentucky Association of Counties, fiscal courts cannot constitutionally add responsibilities to the office of constable but may limit them.
Constables are elected law enforcement officers who have no clearly defined authority under the constitution. They were originally intended to serve county magistrates when magistrates had judicial duties.
The legislation is SB 301
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