Ky. House passes felons' voting rights proposal - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Ky. House passes felons' voting rights proposal

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- A bill seeking to amend Kentucky's Constitution to restore voting rights for some felons has sailed through the state House. Unlike past years, the proposed ballot issue may have a chance in the Senate.

Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer said Thursday it may be an issue "whose time has come," with some changes. Thayer said he doesn't support the current proposal. But he raised the possibility of amending it to include a waiting period before some felons would regain voting rights.

The proposal in its current form would allow some felons to automatically regain voting rights once they complete their sentences. It passed the House on Thursday.

Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is urging the GOP-led state Senate to take up the measure.

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