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.

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Bobbi McSwine joined the ABC 36 News Team in March 2020. She started as a Web Content Producer in November 2019. She was born and raised in Chicago, IL, known to many as the “Windy City.” She studied journalism at the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign. While in school, she had a number of internships ranging from Free Spirit Media, ABC 7 Chicago and Illinois Public Media. She fell in love with writing in high school and paired that with a newfound passion for storytelling in college. She misses her hometown, but she loves the horses and rich history in Lexington. When she’s not working, she’s probably listening to music or binge-watching Netflix. She’s always looking to get to know more people in Central Kentucky, so feel free to shoot her a message on Facebook @BobbiWTVQ, follow her on Twitter @McSwineB_News, or send her an email at bmcswine@wtvq.com.