Kentucky Senate advances proposal to limit pardon powers

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The proposed constitutional change is a response to a flurry of controversial pardons by the previous governor, Republican Matt Bevin.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Governors could not issue last-minute pardons before leaving office, under a proposal that’s advancing in the state Senate.

The proposed constitutional change is a response to a flurry of controversial pardons by the previous governor, Republican Matt Bevin.

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The measure cleared the Senate on Wednesday. It now goes to the House.

It 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.

If the measure clears the legislature, it would go on this year’s ballot for voters to decide.