Politics
7:58 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Kentucky House Rejects Senate's Changes to Felon Voting Rights Legislation

Jesse Crenshaw
Credit Legislative Research Commission

FRANKFORT — The Kentucky House on Wednesday rejected changes to a bill that would automatically restore voting rights to many felons.

This throws out a set of revisions from the Republican-controlled Senate that would have reduced the number of affected felons by more than half.

State Rep. Jesse Crenshaw, a Lexington Democrat, implored colleagues to vote against the changes.

“The Senate committee substitute is a totally different bill. It does not accomplish what House Bill 70 was intended to accomplish," Crenshaw says.

The Senate must decide whether to drop its changes or keep them. If it’s the latter, the bill will go to a conference committee so lawmakers can seek a compromise.

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Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer, a Georgetown Republican, proposed the rejected changes in the Senate. He says it's premature to speculate about how the Senate will react.