Lawmakers weigh vote for nonviolent felons

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Rawlins, WY (AP) - The Wyoming Joint Judiciary Interim Committee will consider sponsoring legislation to automatically restore voting rights to nonviolent felons after their incarceration or probation ends.

The committee on Tuesday in Rawlins ordered legislative staff to draft a felon voting rights bill and a separate bill to relieve the Wyoming Parole Board of its current duty of restoring voting rights.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports that both bills will be considered by the panel at another meeting later this year. After that, the bills would have to be approved by the 2015 Legislature.

Currently, the governor and Parole Board restore voting rights in Wyoming. The duty was given to the Parole Board in 2003.

State officials say most states automatically restore voting rights to felons after their sentence is over.

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