Governor Power to Pardon

Another proposal approved by the House would let voters in Kentucky decide whether future governors can pardon people before they are charged with a crime.

State Representative Rob Wilkey of Scottsville said the issue came up after Governor Fletcher decided to pardon his entire administration, including anyone who might later be charged.

The amendment would prevent future governors from granting the same kind of pardon.

The measure passed 71 to 26 in the House. Under the proposal, voters would be asked to change the wording of Kentucky’s Constitution.

If approved a person would not be eligible for a gubernatorial pardon until they have been charged or convicted of a crime.