KY House approves bipartisan peace officer certification reform bill

A bill moving through the Kentucky General Assembly would prohibit anyone convicted of a misdemeanor sexual offense from becoming or remaining a peace officer in the state.

The Kentucky House of Representatives unanimously approved House Bill 206 earlier this week.

Kentucky law currently prohibits anyone convicted of a felony from becoming or remaining a peace officer. HB 206 would add misdemeanor sexual offenses to the list. The bill would also automatically revoke the certification of a peace officer if he or she is convicted of a misdemeanor sexual offense.

The bill cleared the House by a 96-0 vote. It now goes before the Senate for consideration.