Julie Raque Adams

Stu Johnson

The State Senate has voted 34 to three to prohibit anyone under age 17 from marrying in Kentucky.  The legislation sets out that 17 year olds must obtain judicial approval through a hearing process.



Some juvenile court proceedings would be open to the public under a bill approved by the Kentucky Senate Friday.  The issue has been before state lawmakers before.

The measure, approved 29-6, establishes pilot programs in three yet to be determine judicial districts.  Louisville Senator Julie Raque-Adams says cases related to dependency, neglect, abuse, or determination of parental rights could be made public.  “Opening up that process and making sure that these children are protected by our workers is a very important thing to have happen,” said Raque-Adams.