Bill Proposes Expanding Protective Orders

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- A bill seeking to extend domestic violence protective orders to people whose dating relationships turn violent has easily cleared a Kentucky House committee.

Democratic Rep. John Tilley of Hopkinsville says the expansion would protect young women who are among the most vulnerable to dating violence.

The bill sailed through the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. It now goes to the full House.

Similar legislation passed the House last year but stalled in the Senate.

Currently, protective orders can be granted when violence occurs among married and divorced couples, those who live together and couples who share a child.

Gov. Steve Beshear endorsed the legislation in his State of the Commonwealth speech Tuesday night.

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