FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is taking an active role in promoting a long-debated proposal that seeks to amend Kentucky's Constitution to restore voting rights for some felons.
Paul spokesman Daniel Bayens says the senator has voiced his support for the proposal to several Kentucky lawmakers. He says Paul expects to testify to a Senate committee in favor of the legislation.
Paul applauded a Kentucky House committee on Tuesday for approving the measure. The tea party favorite says "a government of, by and for the people is only possible with a free right to vote."
The bill won a strong endorsement in committee from House Republican Floor Leader Jeff Hoover.
Previous versions have passed the Democratic-led House but died in the GOP-controlled Senate.