Bill offers lease protections for domestic violence victims

Domestic violence victims could break their rental lease agreements without fear of financial penalties under a bill that has cleared a Kentucky House committee.
    
Supporters say the measure seeks to provide more safety for victims who need to get away from their abusers. The bill won strong bipartisan support from the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.
    
A key part of the bill would allow victims who have obtained long-term protective orders to break their rental agreements without penalties after giving 30 days’ notice to their landlords.
    
The bill also would protect people from being evicted or refused a lease simply because they are victims of domestic violence.
    
The measure, House Bill 41, is sponsored by Democratic Rep. Joni Jenkins.

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