Politics
11:10 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Kentucky House Floor Leader Supports Restoring Voting Rights to Some Felons

Jeff Hoover (right) has announced his support for allowing some felons to get their voting rights back.
Jeff Hoover (right) has announced his support for allowing some felons to get their voting rights back.
Credit Kentucky LRC

A prominent Republican has stepped forward to promote a long-debated proposal that seeks to amend Kentucky's Constitution to restore voting rights for some felons.

House Republican Floor Leader Jeff Hoover said Tuesday "it's a matter of fairness" to restore the voting rights of some felons of who have served their sentences and met conditions of probation.

The proposal championed by Democratic state Rep. Jesse Crenshaw easily cleared a House committee on Tuesday. Previous versions have passed the Democratic-led House but died in the GOP-controlled Senate.

Crenshaw says he has his "fingers crossed" that the Senate will approve the legislation.

The proposal would exclude people convicted of intentional murder, rape, sodomy or sex offenses with a minor from having their voting rights automatically restored.

The legislation is House Bill 70.