2014 Session Could End Without Dating Violence Legislation - Again

Mar 25, 2014

Dating violence legislation looks to be unlikely during the 2014 session in Frankfort.        

House Bill 8, sponsored by Rep. John Tilley, would include dating partners under the state’s protective order laws. Tilley told reporters Tuesday the measure, which has ballooned into a 41 page bill, met with some resistance in the Senate.

"It's my hope that if we can't get it passed this session that we do have a new route, which is to maybe reorganize the way we grant protective orders in this state and have everybody at the table over the interim and come back and do that. Having said that, I'm not going giving up hope. I'm not going to pronounce the bill dead. We're still working on some options," he says.

Tilley says language relating to stalking was also added to the bill and some lawmakers felt the scope of the legislation was too large to handle as the session winds down.

The Judiciary chair says Kentucky trends higher than the national average when it comes to the number of domestic violence victims.