Senate Approves Amish Buggy Provision as Previous Case Goes to KY Supreme Court

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Amish men from across Kentucky arrived at the Capitol on Tuesday, to watch the Senate approve a bill that would allow them to use reflective tape on their horse-drawn buggies, rather than bright orange triangular signs that some object to on religious grounds.

The measure passed 38-0. It now goes to the House for consideration.

Republican Sen. Ken Winters of Murray sponsored the bill that allows the drab Amish buggies to be outlined with gray or silver reflective tape, that makes them shine brilliantly in the dark when they reflect car lights.

Winters said tests have proven that the reflective tape makes the buggies visible up to 1,000 feet away.

This vote was being taken, as a group of Amish men who have been fined and jailed for refusing to hang the orange traffic signs on their horse-drawn buggies, learned they will get the chance to argue their religious freedom case before the Kentucky Supreme Court in March.

The court will hear oral arguments from attorneys March 15.

The Graves County men belong to a group of conservative Amish who reject the brightly-colored triangles for religious reasons, saying they are too flashy and their protection on the roadways is guided by God.

William Sharp, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union, is representing the Amish men, and the Kentucky Attorney General's office will argue the state's case.


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