Panel advances proposal to limit gubernatorial pardon powers


FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – A Kentucky legislative panel has given initial approval to a proposed constitutional amendment to put limits on a governor’s power to grant pardons.

The measure cleared the Senate State and Local Government Committee Wednesday. It stems from a flurry of last-minute pardons by former Governor Matt Bevin.

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Several pardons stirred outrage from victims or their families, prosecutors and lawmakers. Attorney General Daniel Cameron asked the FBI to investigate.

The proposal would amend the state’s constitution to strip a governor of pardon powers for the month leading up to a gubernatorial election and for the time between the election and inauguration.