As they await Gov. Kim Reynolds’ promised executive order on restoring felon voting rights, key Iowa legislators doubt she’ll have the last word on the issue.
“We’re planning to make sure that this is not the end of the conversation,” said Rep. Ako Abdul-Samad, a Des Moines Democrat who has met with the Republican governor on the matter.
He’s encouraged by Reynolds’ willingness to take action, but like others — both Democrats and Republicans — Abdul-Samad expects lawmakers will take another crack at advancing a felon voting rights restoration measure for the Iowa Constitution.
“An executive order would be for now, but there’s been a push for something more permanent in regards to adding the language to our constitution,” added Senate Judiciary Chairman Brad Zaun, R-Urbandale.
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