- Associated Press - Friday, May 18, 2018

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana voters will decide whether convicted felons should have to wait five years after serving their sentences before they can run for office in the state.

It took two tries before lawmakers in the House agreed Thursday to the constitutional amendment by Sen. Conrad Appel, a Metairie Republican, with a 70-24 vote . The Senate gave final passage to the measure Friday, agreeing to House changes in a 31-0 vote.

Louisiana had an amendment barring felons from seeking office for 15 years after serving their sentences. The Louisiana Supreme Court overturned the provision in 2016, saying voters approved a version differing from one lawmakers passed.

Voters will determine whether to enact the new provision on the Nov. 6 ballot.

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Senate Bill 31: www.legis.la.gov

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