TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – Convicted felons are barred from voting, but one South Florida lawmaker has proposed a constitutional amendment that would change that.READ MORE: Coast Guard Recovers 1 Body In Search After Boat Capsizes Off Florida Coast
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.READ MORE: Miami's Overheated Home Prices Continue While Experts Say Red Hot Housing Market Starting To Losing Steam
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.
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