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File #: 181490    Version: 0
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 1/14/2019 In control: COMMON COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 2/5/2019
Effective date:    
Title: Resolution supporting U.S. House Bill 7359, relating to voter restoration and registration for prison inmates.
Sponsors: ALD. COGGS, ALD. HAMILTON, ALD. JOHNSON, ALD. RAINEY, ALD. DODD, ALD. STAMPER, ALD. PEREZ, ALD. BAUMAN, ALD. ZIELINSKI, ALD. BORKOWSKI, ALD. LEWIS, ALD. DONOVAN, ALD. WITKOWSKI
Indexes: FEDERAL LEGISLATION
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultTallyAction DetailsMeeting DetailsVideo
2/15/20190 MAYOR SIGNED   Action details Meeting details Not available
2/5/20190 COMMON COUNCIL ADOPTEDPass15:0 Action details Meeting details Not available
2/1/20190 JUDICIARY & LEGISLATION COMMITTEE RECOMMENDED FOR ADOPTION

Minutes note: Appearing: Ald. Johnson - Sponsor Jim Bohl - IRD Ald. Coggs - Sponsor Al members of the Public Safety and Health Committee asked to be added as Co-sponsors. There were no objections
Pass5:0 Action details Meeting details Video Video
1/29/20190 JUDICIARY & LEGISLATION COMMITTEE HEARING NOTICES SENT   Action details Meeting details Not available
1/29/20190 JUDICIARY & LEGISLATION COMMITTEE HEARING NOTICES SENT   Action details Meeting details Not available
1/24/20190 CITY CLERK Sponsor added   Action details Meeting details Not available
1/14/20190 COMMON COUNCIL ASSIGNED TO   Action details Meeting details Not available
Number
181490
Version
ORIGINAL
Reference

Sponsor
ALD. COGGS, HAMILTON, JOHNSON, RAINEY, DODD, STAMPER, PEREZ, BAUMAN, ZIELINSKI, BORKOWSKI, DONOVAN, WITKOWSKI, AND LEWIS
Title
Resolution supporting U.S. House Bill 7359, relating to voter restoration and registration for prison inmates.
Analysis
This resolution supports U.S. House Bill 7359, which seeks to require the U.S. Bureau of Prisons to include voter restoration and registration as part of its planning program preparing inmates for re-entry into society. This resolution also directs the Department of Administration-Intergovernmental Relations Division to lobby the U.S. Congress to enact such legislation.

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Whereas, Of the estimated 19 million people in the U.S. who have felony convictions, 13 million are likely eligible to vote based on current state laws; and

Whereas, An estimated 700,000 people currently detained in prison across the U.S. are eligible to vote; and

Whereas, The availability of voter education and registration materials in prisons is often at the discretion of local sheriffs and other correction officials; and

Whereas, Many juveniles who are imprisoned become eligible to vote during their time of incarceration; and

Whereas, A 2004 study by Columbia Human Rights Law Review showed that felons and other prisoners who participate in the voting process are less likely to be re-arrested in the future; and

Whereas, On December 20, 2018, U.S. Representative Gwen Moore introduced U.S. House Bill 7359 to require the U.S. Bureau of Prisons to include voter restoration and registration as part of its planning program preparing inmates for re-entry into society; and

Whereas, Representative Moore proposes that U.S. House Bill 7359 allow for use of Department of Justice funds for voter restoration education and grants to encourage voting among eligible detained and incarcerated persons; now, therefore, be it

Resolved, By the Common Council of the City of Milwaukee, that the ...

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