FRANKFORT, KY (AP) - A proposal to restore the voting rights of some felons has cleared the Kentucky Senate after being rewritten to include a waiting period.
The measure now returns to the House, which passed a much different version last month without a waiting period for eligible felons.
The Senate's version passed 34-4 Wednesday.
Some senators said they voted for it in hopes of a better final product. The measure would go on the fall ballot if it clears the Legislature.
Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer said the five-year waiting period in the Senate version gives felons a chance to prove they won't commit more crimes.
Democratic Sen. Jerry Rhoads said the waiting period amounts to another punishment.
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul made a pitch for the bill earlier Wednesday to a state Senate committee.
The legislation is House Bill 70.
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