HB 7089: Voting Rights Restoration
HB 7089 implements Amendment 4, the Voting Rights Restoration for Felons Initiative. The bill clarifies definitions and provides standards for authenticating voting eligibility.
The bill resolves the ambiguity in terms that must be applied by the Department of State (DOS) and supervisors of elections.
o First degree murder; and
o Second degree murder.
Felony sexual offense includes, but is not limited to:
o Lewd or lascivious battery, molestation, conduct, or exhibition;
o Sexual battery;
o Unlawful sexual activity with a minor; and
o Human trafficking for commercial sexual activity or forced labor.
The bill also resolves other areas of concern by defining "completion" and "term of sentence":
Term of sentence means:
o Incarceration, standard conditions of probation, community service, restitution, residential treatment, a work program, an educational program, batterer’s intervention program, any court ordered special condition of probation, court imposed fines and fees, and any cost of supervision or other monetary obligation.
o For a term of incarceration, release from custody.
o For a financial obligation arising from a felony conviction, full payment of the financial obligation or waiver of the obligation with consent of the payee. This includes civil judgments.
The bill authorizes DOS to begin the rulemaking process to authenticate voting eligibility and is now headed to the State Affairs Committee.