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Longtime Kentucky legislators honored during Black History Month celebration at state capitol

Three longtime members of the Kentucky General Assembly were honored for their years of service and dedication to the Commonwealth of Kentucky and its citizens at the 15th annual Black History Month Celebration in the Capitol Rotunda. Dr. M. Christopher Brown II, president of Kentucky State University, was the keynote speaker. Senator Gerald Neal, D-Louisville, presented the 2018 Legacy Achievement...

Capitol Notes: Senate OKs felon voting rights bill; House approves felony expungement bill

Senate approves felon voting rights bill: The Senate has approved a measure that would allow Kentuckians to vote on the next general election ballot on whether or not to restore voting rights of some convicted felons.   House Bill 70, sponsored by Rep. Jesse Crenshaw, D-Lexington, and House Republican Floor Leader Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, proposes an amendment to the state Constitution that would...

Capitol Notes: Felony expungement bill clears committee, goes to House for consideration

A bill that would allow low-level one-time Kentucky felons to ask the courts to seal—or “expunge”—their felony record has passed the House Judiciary Committee.   House Bill 64, sponsored by Rep. Darryl T. Owens, D-Louisville, would apply to “Class D” felons whose conviction was not based on a sex offense, crime against the elderly, or crime against child; who completed their sentence...

Capitol Notes: Felon voting rights bill clears committee, would let voters decide issue

A bipartisan bill that would let Kentucky voters decide whether to automatically restore felon voting rights cleared a House committee today.   House Bill 70, sponsored by Rep. Jesse Crenshaw, D-Lexington, and House Minority Leader Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, would place a constitutional amendment on statewide ballot asking voters to approve automatic restoration of voting rights for nonviolent...