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Measure Proposed To Restore Felons' Rights

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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – Convicted felons are barred from voting, but one South Florida lawmaker has proposed a constitutional amendment that would change that.

Sen. Jeff Clemens filed the measure for consideration during the 2015 legislative session, which starts in March.

The proposal would restore voting rights of felons after they have completed their sentences, though it includes exceptions for people convicted of sexual offenses and homicides.

Restoration of voting rights has long been a controversial issue in Florida, with Democrats arguing that the state has disenfranchised many people who have served their sentences.

"The News Service of Florida contributed to this report."


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