Bill to expand victims’ rights passes in the Senate

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Senate has passed a bill expanding the rights of crime victims in Kentucky.

Marsy’s Law was passed two years ago and then overturned by the Supreme Court because of the way it was worded on the ballot.

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A new version has passed the Senate on Tuesday.

Under the law, crime victims would be notified of all court hearings regarding their cases and allow them to speak during the proceedings.

Opponents say the law says compromises the rights of the accused.

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Bobbi McSwine joined the ABC 36 News Team in March 2020. She started as a Web Content Producer in November 2019. She was born and raised in Chicago, IL, known to many as the “Windy City.” She studied journalism at the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign. While in school, she had a number of internships ranging from Free Spirit Media, ABC 7 Chicago and Illinois Public Media. She fell in love with writing in high school and paired that with a newfound passion for storytelling in college. She misses her hometown, but she loves the horses and rich history in Lexington. When she’s not working, she’s probably listening to music or binge-watching Netflix. She’s always looking to get to know more people in Central Kentucky, so feel free to shoot her a message on Facebook @BobbiWTVQ, follow her on Twitter @McSwineB_News, or send her an email at bmcswine@wtvq.com.