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Kentucky lawmakers taking up fight over child's playhouse

A Lexington family is now in a legal fight over the house at their home. On Thursday, the debate entered the state capitol.

Democratic state Rep. Richardson Henderson of Jeffersonville is sponsoring the bill, the family hopes will become "Cooper's Law."

The Veloudis family built a playhouse for their 3 year old son, Cooper. His mother says the playhouse helped her son learn to walk and crawl. But the homeowner's association in their neighborhood says it is in violation and wants it torn down. Now, Kentucky lawmakers are getting involved in the fight, claiming the family's civil rights were violated.

Cooper's mother, Tiffany Veloudis, was flanked by lawmakers Thursday in announcing the filing of Cooper's law. If passed, this bill will allow a homeowner to construct a structure to accommodate a disabled child, if a doctor says the building is therapeutic to the child.

Tiffany Veloudis says what has happened to them is not fair.

"In our particular neighborhood, what really bothers me is the fact that, it is a civil rights issue. Why can the child down the street have a treehouse or a house up on stilts with a tree house attached? I would love to have that in my yard instead of this, but Cooper can't hold on to a swingset," said Veloudis.

The legislation is House Bill 160.

The argument between the Veloudis family and their homeowner's association is in the courts.


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