The chairman of the House Health and Welfare Committee filed two bills on Tuesday that would open the state's child protection system to more public scrutiny.
Rep. Tom Burch, D-Louisville, filed House Bill 194, which would create a pilot program to open some family court proceedings to the public. Supreme Court Chief Justice John D. Minton has said he supports the legislation. A second measure, House Bill 192, would require the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to make public its records regarding children who are severely injured or die as a result of abuse or neglect. The law now says that the information "may" be made public but does not require the cabinet to release the information.
Domestic violence laws would apply to dating couples
Rep. Jimmie Lee, D-Elizabethtown, filed a measure Tuesday that would allow people who are involved in relationships but are not married to be charged under the state's domestic violence laws. House Bill 189 also would require law enforcement to receive domestic violence training every two years.