A proposal aimed at amending the Kentucky Constitution to guarantee rights for crime victims has cleared another hurdle in the General Assembly.
The measure was approved Monday by the House Elections, Constitutional Amendments and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee. If it passes the Democratic-led House, the measure would be placed on the November ballot. It already has been approved by the Republican-controlled Senate.
The proposal would ensure crime victims are given “timely notice” of all proceedings involving their alleged offenders. It also would ensure victims are allowed to comment in any proceedings involving release, plea bargains, sentencing and parole of the offenders.
Also Monday, the House voted 57-37 to approve a bill aimed at boosting voter turnout in Kentucky by allowing early voting without an excuse. It now goes to the Senate, where the bill could face an uphill fight.
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The legislation would allow voting by any Kentucky registered voter at least 12 working days leading up to the Sunday before Election Day. The early voting period would include two Saturdays.
Opponents say expanded early voting would be a burden for county clerks with small staffs.