Amish Buggy Bill

March 28, 2012 by staff 

Amish Buggy Bill, A bill to provide an alternative for Amish buggy drivers who object to using bright safety triangles on their vehicles was approved Tuesday by the House and is headed to Gov. Steve Beshear.

Senate Bill 75 was approved by a vote of 75-21. Rep. Johnny Bell, D-Glasgow, who had sponsored similar legislation in the House, said the Senate version had only “minute differences,” including permitting the use of one-inch-wide white or silver tape instead of the two-inch white tape authorized by the House bill, and he recommended its passage.

A Beshear spokeswoman said the bill will be reviewed. SB 75, sponsored by Sen. Ken Winters, R-Murray, said the bill attempts to address Amish concerns that the triangles infringe on their religious freedom, among other things, by calling attention to them with their bright color.

Winters filed the legislation after several Amish men in his Western Kentucky district were jailed for refusing to pay fines for not using the orange signs. They have appealed their convictions to the Kentucky Supreme Court, which heard oral arguments earlier this month.

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