(AP) Mississippi lawmakers might ask voters to approve a constitutional amendment limiting the governor’s power to pardon convicted criminals, the chairman of the Senate Constitution Committee said Monday.
Speaking at a press forum in Jackson, Republican Sen. Michael Watson of Pascagoula said one option would be to ban any governor from pardoning people convicted of certain crimes such as murder, sex crimes or crimes against children.
(Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal) Newly appointed Senate Constitution Chair Michael Watson, R-Pascagoula, says he is looking at possible constitutional changes to curb the governor’s pardon authority in light of former Gov. Haley Barbour’s pardon of more than 200 convicted felons in his final days in office.
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