The Kentucky State Senate, along with the Local Government Committee has revised guidelines to the state’s voting rights bill.
House Bill 70 will now restore rights to felons five years after their sentence is completed and if they maintain a clean record.
The original House Bill 70 allowed the automatic restoration of voting rights for non-violent felons. Rep. Jesse Crenshaw sponsored the bill. He was not happy to see the committee substitute get approved on Wednesday.
“The committee substitute says justice for some, not justice for all,” said Crenshaw. U.S. Sen. Rand Paul testified at the meeting. He spoke in favor of restoring voting rights for felons. Paul says some people deserve a second chance. “I’m hopeful that both the house and the senate figure out a way to move forward,” said Paul.
The revised bill, which must be sent back to the house, could be on the ballot as soon as this fall.
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