Frankfort Local News

Bill Allowing Reflective Tape on Slow Moving Vehicles Becomes Law

Drivers of slow moving vehicles now have the option of using reflective tape instead of the standard orange triangle while on Kentucky roads.

Governor Steve Beshear signed Senate Bill 75 into law today. The bill is in response to the jailing of Amish men in Western Kentucky, who refused to use the orange triangles for religious reasons.

Those men can now use white or red reflective tape on their buggies when on the road.

Beshear says he signed the bill after consulting with transportation officials.

Frankfort Local News

Lawmakers Advance Senate Proposal Dealing with Slow-Moving Vehicles

A bill that would allow slow-moving vehicles to use reflective tape instead of an orange triangle is moving through the House.

The triangles have become an issue in Kentucky’s Amish community, where the symbol and loud color run counter to religious beliefs. Some Amish men have been arrested for refusing to use the triangles on their buggies.

Both the House and the Senate passed separate bills addressing the issue. But the Senate proposal has fewer requirements, and the House decided to take up the Senate’s version.

That bill passed the House Transportation Committee today. Committee chairman Hubert Collins says he expects the Senate proposal to pass the House unchanged.

Frankfort Local News

House Passes Bill Allowing Reflective Tape on Amish Buggies

Proposals to allow the Amish to use reflective tape on their buggies instead of state-mandated orange triangles have passed both Kentucky legislative chambers.

The House voted today in favor of a bill that requires the Amish to put 200 inches of red tape on their buggies. The bill passed overwhelmingly, 90-9, despite objections from lawmakers in areas where the bill would matter the most. Among the no votes was Representative Martha Jane King of Logan County. She’s heard concerns that the tape isn’t as easily seen or as safe as the orange triangle that’s used currently.

“While I completely respect every group’s ability to exercise their religious freedom and nor would I want anyone to not allow me to do that, I’m concerned with this issue over safety reasons,” she told House members.

Frankfort Local News

Bill Allowing Reflective Tape on Amish Buggies Close to Becoming Law

A bill allowing Amish buggy drivers in Kentucky to use reflective tape instead of a state-mandated orange triangle is only a few steps away from becoming law.

The state Senate passed a bill addressing the issue weeks ago. And a House committee passed its own version last week.

There are a few differences in each chamber’s bill. The House wants 200 inches of white, two-inch-wide tape on the back of each buggy. The Senate version mandates 100 inches of red or white one-inch-wide tape.

Despite those differences, House co-sponsor Jim DeCesare says there won’t be a need for compromise.

“I don’t even know that it would need to go to conference committee. I think you know either the House or the Senate could take one or the other bills and work with it without going that far,” he says.