Senate OKs revised felons' voting rights bill

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - The Kentucky Senate cleared a proposal to restore the voting rights for some felons after including a waiting period.

The Kentucky Senate State and Local Government Committee changed the guidelines in House Bill 70. It will now restore rights to felons five years after their sentence is completed, and only if they aren't convicted of any other crimes in that time.

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 will go back to the house. It could be on the ballot as soon as this Fall.

Right now, felons can vote if they get approval from the governor's office.

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