FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Republican Gov. Matt Bevin has urged the state Senate to pass a law making it easier for some convicted felons to expunge their criminal records.
The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce says Kentucky has more than 94,000 people who have been convicted of felonies that carry sentences of up to five years in prison. Once released, these people often have trouble getting accepted to colleges and finding work or housing because of their criminal record.
The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives has passed the bill several times. But it has died in the Republican-controlled Senate. Bevin promised to sign the bill should it make it to his desk.
Former Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear issued an executive order automatically restoring the voting rights of some nonviolent convicted felons. But Bevin suspended that order, calling it “illegal.”