House passes proposal to restore some felons’ voting rights

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky House of Representatives has approved a proposal that would restore the voting rights to some felons convicted of nonviolent crimes.

The bill would change the Kentucky Constitution and would have to be approved by voters before it became law. It also requires a 60 percent vote in both the House and the Senate.

A similar effort failed to pass the legislature last year. The Democratic-controlled House favors an automatic restoration of voting rights while the Republican-controlled Senate favors a waiting period of three to five years.

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, a likely Republican candidate for president, has urged state lawmakers to pass the bill.

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