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4 p.m. – Senate File 2129:

Senate File 2129 was proposed by Sen. Dan Dawson. It’s an act relating to the restoration of voting rights to certain convicted persons.

The bill relates to the definition of a discharge of a criminal sentence for the purposes of the automatic restoration of a convicted person’s voting rights pursuant to a constitutional amendment originating in a resolution passed during the 88th General Assembly relating to the restoration of the voting rights of felons upon the discharge of a criminal sentence.
The definition of discharge of a criminal sentence would include all of the following:

*The completion of confinement, parole and probation as well as any special sentence imposed pursuant to Code Chapter 903B (sex offender special sentencing and hormone treatment);
*The receipt of a pardon or a restoration of rights from the governor for an offense under Code Chapter 707 (homicide and related crimes);
*The payment of all pecuniary damages imposed pursuant to Code Chapter 910 (restitution).

The bill will be repealed if a constitutional amendment relating to the restoration of the voting rights of felons upon discharge of a criminal sentence is not ratified prior to Jan. 1, 2023.

Author: Jacob Hall