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.
Kentucky House Republican leaders are offering a legislative redistricting plan that would force eight incumbents to run against each other next year.
The map unveiled Thursday by House GOP Leader Jeff Hoover affects four Republicans and four Democratic lawmakers.
Hoover told WKU Public Radio the GOP plan is very different from a plan put forth earlier this year by Democrats that had nine Republicans running against each other, but no Democrats.
"What we put forward was a much fairer plan that puts one pair of Democratic incumbents against each other, one pair of Republican incumbents against each other, and two mixed pairings where there is an incumbent Republican against an incumbent Democrat," explains Hoover.
Given population shifts in Kentucky over the past decade, Hoover says it's impossible to redraw legislative boundaries without pitting incumbents against each other.
Kentucky’s House Republicans have unveiled the agenda they will pursue if the party wins a majority of the chamber this fall. The GOP has focused its attention this year on unseating Democrats in the state House.To help that effort, House Republicans have promised to address fiscal issues, taxes and government reform if elected.