Bills respond to Bevin's flurry of last-minute pardons
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LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 20: Gov. Matt Bevin (R-Ky.) speaks at the National Rifle Association's NRA-ILA Leadership Forum during the NRA Convention at the Kentucky Exposition Center on May 20, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. The convention, which opened today, runs until May 22. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky lawmakers have responded to ex-Matt Bevin's flurry of pardons. Bills have been introduced to put checks on gubernatorial pardon powers and ensure victims are notified before their assailants are pardoned.
Bevin issued hundreds of pardons between his election defeat and his final day in office on Dec. 9. Several stirred outrage from victims or their families, prosecutors and lawmakers.
One proposed constitutional amendment would give crime victims the right to be notified before their assailants are pardoned. Another would strip a governor of pardon powers for the month leading up to an election and the time between an election and inauguration.
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