Leaders from across the political spectrum came together Saturday to pay their respects to a long-serving British lawmaker who was stabbed to death in what police say was a terrorist-related attack.
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"This bill would close the crack (in the law) and give people the help they need and keep the community safe," said Sen. Morgan McGarvey.
Madden’s case is a nightmare for prosecutors because he doesn’t meet Kentucky’s criteria for involuntary hospitalization, a law that says, in part, people can only be held against their will if they benefit from treatment, even if they are mentally ill and considered dangerous.
The vote came while at least five GOP senators were in self-quarantine.
The proposals are aimed at helping people who have had run-ins with the law get jobs and support their families, as years-old convictions and even unproven charges still show up on employer background checks.
Madden has already been found incompetent to stand trial in several previous criminal cases, including by the judge handling his current case.
WDRB News highlighted the law’s shortcomings last month, detailing Madden’s repeated examples of violent attacks and threats, including an alleged rape of an 8-year-old girl this summer. Prosecutors urged lawmakers to read the story during this month’s meeting of the interim judiciary committee.
Kentucky soldiers deployed overseas will not be allowed to send election ballots back to the state via email to ensure they arrive by Election Day.