Authorities remove voting rights group from Senate meeting

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Authorities have removed a small group of protesters from a Senate committee meeting after they tried to read a statement demanding lawmakers vote on a bill that would restore the voting rights to some nonviolent convicted felons.

Two voting rights advocates laid on the ground outside of the committee room Wednesday, while others stood around them singing "Keep Your Eyes on the Prize," a folk song used during the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s.

The bill passed the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives, but it has stalled in the Republican-controlled Senate. The last scheduled meeting of the Senate State and Local Government Committee, where the bill had been assigned, was Wednesday.

Lawmakers have until Monday to pass bills.

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