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Amish Buggy Legislation Wins Final Passage In Kentucky

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A group of Amish men wait at the Kentucky Capitol for their case concerning traffic symbols on horse-drawn buggies to be argued in the state supreme court Thursday March 15, 2012 in Frankfort, Ky. (AP Photo/John Flavell)
A group of Amish men wait at the Kentucky Capitol for their case concerning traffic symbols on horse-drawn buggies to be argued in the state supreme court Thursday March 15, 2012 in Frankfort, Ky. (AP Photo/John Flavell)

The Associated Press

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – One vote remains before lawmakers allow the Amish to forgo a longstanding traffic safety measure in the name of religious freedom.

The House voted 75-21 Tuesday for a Senate bill to allow the Amish to use reflective tape on the backs of their horse-drawn buggies rather than bright orange triangles that some object to.

The Amish complain that the signs call attention to them, which is against their religion, and the triangular shape represents the Trinity, which they're not allowed to flaunt.

The proposal returns to the Senate for final passage.

Republican state Sen. Ken Winters of Murray filed the legislation because several Amish men in his western Kentucky district were jailed for refusing to pay fines for not using the orange signs.

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