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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A bill that would create an adult abuse registry in Kentucky has won bipartisan support.
Ky. Gov. Steve Beshear today joined the Republican leader of the Senate and the Democratic leader of the House in supporting the creation of the registry.
The bill would require the state to set up a database of people who have a history of abusing the elderly or disabled. Caregivers would be required to check the database before hiring a new employee.
"It is a very needed and important step to put a system into place that will ensure that seniors and disabled individuals who aren't able to protect themselves can hire caregivers, and that employers can hire caregivers who don't have any history of abuse or neglect," said Ky. State Senator Sarah Beth Gregory.
The bill passed the Senate today. The House will take it up next week.