Senate approves bill to clear path for felon voting rights
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – The Kentucky Senate has approved a bill that would let voters decide whether to change the state’s constitution to let lawmakers restore the voting rights of some convicted felons.
Kentucky’s constitution does not allow convicted felons to vote. Democrats in the House of Representatives have already passed a bill this year that would amend the constitution to automatically restore the voting rights of some nonviolent convicted felons if they complete their sentences and have no other pending charges.
Republican Senate President Robert Stivers said the House bill goes too far. He says the legislature should pass a law deciding which felons would have their voting rights restored. But first voters would have to amend the constitution to allow that to happen.
The bill now heads to the House of Representatives.