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Bill Would Expand Protections To Victims Of Dating Violence

Legislation aimed at extending emergency protective orders to people whose dating relationships turn violent appears to be gaining bipartisan momentum among Kentucky lawmakers.

Gov. Steve Beshear Tuesday predicted such a bill will pass this year's legislative session.

The Democratic governor was joined at a press conference by Republican Senate President Robert Stivers and the chairmen of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees.

Stivers later said that a House bill dealing with the issue may undergo some "tweaking" by the Senate, but said there is a "high likelihood" lawmakers will reach agreement.

The bill would create a unified, comprehensive system of civil protections for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking.

Kentucky is one of the last states to extend those emergency protections to victims of dating violence.

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