BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) – The effort to restore voting rights to some convicted felons on probation and parole took a step forward at the State Capitol Friday.
After multiple attempts, the restoration of voting rights among convicted felons who have been on probation and parole for at least five years is now heading to the Louisiana Senate for consideration.
On Thursday, May 10, the Louisiana House passed the HB 265 bill or Voter Restoration Bill by a vote of 61-39.
HB 265 is authored by Baton Rouge Democrat Rep. Pat Smith.
Smith passed the House after it was rejected on the House floor twice this session and multiple other times in previous years.
According to the Voice of the Experienced, House Bill 265 “would give voting rights back to anyone who has not been incarcerated for the past five years including people sentenced to probation who have not been sent to prison for a violation on that case and people out on parole for five years.”