Two Proposals Could Change Kentucky's Constitution

A proposal approved by a house panel could automatically restore the voting rights of people convicted of non-violent crimes.

The proposed amendment to Kentucky's Constitution is intended to bypass a regulation requiring felons to ask the governor to restore their voting rights.

According to supporters of the amendment, a policy imposed by Governor 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 proposal heads to the full house for consideration. If approved it will go to voters in November.

A Kentucky house panel is also taking aim at the governor's power to pardon. A proposed constitutional amendment would prohibit governors from pardoning people before they're charged with a crime.

The bill's sponsor said it doesn't pertain to Fletcher's blanket pardon during the 2005 state hiring investigation. Fletcher issued pardons for nine people charged in the probe and a blanket pardon for anyone who might be charged.

Under the proposal voters would be asked to change the wording of Kentucky's Constitution. The proposal now heads to the full house.


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