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4:59 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Felons Voting Rights Proposal Clears Ky. House

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A bill seeking to amend Kentucky's Constitution to restore voting rights for non-violent felons sailed through the state House Thursday.

Unlike past years, the proposed ballot issue may have a chance in the Senate. Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer says it may be an issue "whose time has come," with some changes.

Thayer has 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.

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