Convicted killers in prison could vote, serve on juries under new proposal

(The Center Square) – Convicted felons in Washington state, including murderers, may soon have more rights when it comes to seeking elected office, voting or sitting on a jury while still in prison.

House Bill 2030 is sponsored by Tara Simmons, D-Bremerton, an advocate for the restoration of rights for felons. 

In 2020, Simmons was elected to the state House of Representatives, making her the first formerly incarcerated state legislator in Washington. In 2011 Simmons was sentenced to 30 months in prison for theft, drug and firearm crimes. “This continues the work I’ve done since first being elected in 2020 when we got a bill passed that restores voting rights as soon as someone leaves prison, whether or not they had paid off their legal fees or were on electronic home-monitoring,” Simmons said.

She went on to say, “I know this is a partisan issue we are not all
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