U.S. Senator Rand Paul has given a boost to a state bill that would restore the voting rights of some felons.
Paul spoke before the Kentucky Senate State and Local Government Committee in support of the measure, which then cleared the committee. Paul says the majority of felons affected by the bill are nonviolent drug-users who are victims of the War on Drugs, and he appealed to lawmakers’ compassion.
A bill that would restore voting rights for non-violent felons has passed a Kentucky House committee.
The measure is Rep. Jesse Crenshaw's latest attempt to put approximately 130,000 felons back on the voting rolls. Similar efforts have repeatedly stalled in the Republican-controlled Senate. But Crenshaw says he hopes that his bill will fare better this year due to support from U.S. Sen. Rand Paul.