TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) — A controversial bill on voting rights for felons is making its way through Florida congress.

Legislation to restore voting rights to convicted felons except murderers and felony sex offenders has passed the Florida House.

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The Republican-dominated House voted 71-45 Wednesday for the bill that would implement a constitutional amendment approved by voters last November.

The main issue is whether legislation is needed at all, and whether the bill sets up unnecessary hurdles for ex-felons such as requiring that all fines and restitution be paid.

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Republican Rep. Jamie Grant of Tampa, the main sponsor, said completion of a sentence includes 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.

The bill now goes to the Senate where a similar measure is pending.

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