Panel Clears Proposed Amendment On Felons' Voting Rights

FRANKFORT, KY. (AP) - People convicted of nonviolent crimes
would automatically have their voting rights restored under a
proposal approved Tuesday by a House panel.
The proposed amendment to Kentucky's constitution is intended to
bypass a regulation requiring felons to ask the governor to restore
their voting rights.
Supporters of the amendment say a policy imposed by Gov. Ernie
Fletcher's administration delays felons from getting their voting
rights restored.
Under the proposal, people convicted of murder or sexual
offenses would still have to seek intervention from the governor.
The proposed amendment heads to the full House for
consideration. If the General Assembly approved the idea, it would
go to voters in the November 2008 general election.
The legislation is House Bill 70.

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