The Kentucky Dueling Language Amendment
was not on the November 2, 2010 ballot
in the state of Kentucky
. The measure would have removed language from swearing-in ceremonies that requires state elected officials to swear that they have not been involved in a duel with a deadly weapon. The measure stemmed from the state's history when Kentucky was known as a host of many duels. According to Carl Chelf, a retired political science professor, "The framers of the constitution wanted to clean up Kentucky's reputation as a haven where people came to fight duels." The sponsor of the amendment is State Representative Darryl Owens
. The measure was to be placed before the Senate
and the House of Representatives
for a vote, and if passed, would have been placed before voters in the general election. Legislative session
concluded without the measure being sent to the ballot.
If enacted by Kentucky voters, Section 228 in the General Provisions section of the Kentucky Constitution would have been amended.
Path to the ballot
If 60% of the membership of each chamber of the Kentucky General Assembly approves, a proposed amendment goes on the ballot at the next general election during which members of the state legislature are up for election. Kentucky is one of nine states that implement this process. Legislative session concluded without the measure being sent to the ballot.