Friday, January 18, 2002

Legislation aims to protect women, kids

The Associated Press

        FRANKFORT — Gov. Paul Patton said Thursday he will push a package of bills related to crimes against women and children.

        Some deal with victims of stalking, rape, child abuse and domestic violence. One would expand the law against incest. Another covers seizure of assets of people who are delinquent in paying child support.

        The legislative has a triple theme, Mr. Patton said at a news conference: “to protect women and children, to get tough on offenders and to use innovative technology to improve the system of justice.”

        Three bills are being introduced in each chamber. Mr. Patton said he had Republican and Democratic sponsors in each.

        The proposals would:

        • Redefine incest to include aunts, uncles, nieces or nephews among “family members” who can be prosecuted.

        • Allow victims to get a permanent restraining order against convicted stalkers.

        • Require the state to pay for sexual assault exams conducted at out-of-state hospitals if the rape occurred in Kentucky and is to be investigated in the state.

        • Automate the state's crime-victim notification system when a person against whom a protective order has been issued tries to buy a firearm.

        • Expand civil-liability immunity to staffers of children's advocacy centers.

        • Give the Revenue Cabinet access to child-support data in the Cabinet for Families and Children.


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