pardon power

Bill limiting Kentucky governor’s pardon power near elections wins bipartisan approval in Senate

BY: - February 21, 2024

FRANKFORT — With bipartisan support, the Kentucky Senate took another step toward limiting pardon and sentence commutation powers of the governor.  Republican-backed Senate Bill 126 proposes a constitutional amendment to suspend the governor’s power to issue pardons or sentence commutations from 30 days before a gubernatorial election until the fifth Tuesday after the election, the day […]

Citing a Bevin commutation, Republican lawmaker wants to limit Kentucky governor’s pardon powers

BY: - January 24, 2024

FRANKFORT — A Kentucky Republican lawmaker wants to limit pardoning and sentence commuting powers for Kentucky governors after learning a convicted murderer and rapist is now up for parole after outgoing Republican Gov. Matt Bevin commuted his death sentence.   Sen. Chris McDaniel, of Ryland Heights, is proposing a constitutional amendment that would suspend the governor’s […]