WKU Public Radio News Staff
Mon March 31, 2014
Bill Restoring Voting Rights to Some Felons Unlikely to Become Law in Kentucky
A bill that would restore voting rights for thousands of Kentucky felons isn’t likely to pass this year.
Lawmakers say they could not reach an agreement over different versions of the proposed legislation.
GOP Senate Floor Leader Damon Thayer previously amended the bill to include a five year waiting period and not cover felons with multiple offenses. He says passage is unlikely this year.
But bill sponsor Jesse Crenshaw says Thayer is refusing to help with a compromise.
“It’s hard for me to deal with Sen. Thayer’s logic because of the fact that he is the man that has to act on calling the bill, calling even the senate committee substitute to not recede and he’s the only one that can do that," Crenshaw, a Lexington Democrat, said.
Supporters of the proposed legislation have criticized Thayer’s changes, which would not affect about half of the felons the original bill was meant to help. The original measure would've affected an estimated 180,000 Kentuckians.