A bill that would extend domestic violence protections for unmarried couples in Kentucky has passed a state House committee.
The bill would expand domestic violence protections to couples who are or were in a romantic relationship. Currently, the law protects individuals who have been married to, have a child with or have lived with their abuser.
Kentucky Domestic Violence Association President Darlene Thomas said the law must be expanded to protect all victims of domestic violence.
“Our criminal justice system, rightfully so, is purposeful and cautious, as a means to ensure that the rights of the accused are protected," she said. "However, for a victim of domestic violence, that process is cumbersome and lengthy
Gov. Steve Beshear expressed support for the measure in his State of the Commonwealth address this week.
Similar legislation has easily cleared the House before, but has stalled in the Republican-controlled Senate.
A bill that would extend domestic-violence protection to dating partners is being taken up Wednesday by members of a Kentucky House committee.
House Bill 8 received an endorsement Tuesday night by Governor Steve Beshear, who spoke in favor of the bill during his “State of the Commonwealth” address. Supporters have been trying to get such legislation passed since 2007.
Kentucky House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Tilley of Hopkinsville sponsored a bill last year that died without receiving a floor vote.
Tilly is again sponsoring legislation this session that would allow dating partners to obtain domestic violence protective orders.
Jockey Robby Albarado lost his ride in the Kentucky Oaks, after being arrested on an assault charge this morning. Jefferson County Sheriff's Department spokesman Carl Yates says Albarado was arrested at a local residence, several hours before he was slated to ride "Hard Not to Like" in the Oaks.