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Florida House closer to passing felon voting rights bill

Florida House closer to passing felon voting rights bill
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Legislation that would restore voting rights to convicted felons except murderers and felony sex offenders is another step closer to passage in the Florida House.

Lawmakers debated a measure into the night Tuesday that would implement a constitutional amendment approved by voters last November. The main issue is whether legislation is needed at all, and whether the House bill sets up unnecessary hurdles for ex-felons such as requiring that all fines and restitution be paid.

Republican Rep. Jamie Grant of Tampa, the main sponsor, said completion of a sentence includes any period of probation and any financial obligations ordered by a judge. Opponents said those requirements would bar many former felons and violate the spirit of the constitutional amendment.
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