Legislation to restore voting rights to convicted felons except murderers and felony sex offenders has passed the Florida House.

The Republican-dominated House voted 71-45 Wednesday for the bill that would implement a constitutional amendment approved by voters last November. The main issue is whether legislation is needed at all, and whether the bill sets up unnecessary hurdles for ex-felons such as requiring that all fines and restitution be paid.

Republican Rep. Jamie Grant of Tampa, the main sponsor, said completion of a sentence includes probation and any financial obligations ordered by a judge. Opponents said those requirements would bar many former felons and violate the spirit of the constitutional amendment.

Rep. James Grant, R-Tampa, answers questions during debate over his House Bill 7089 - Voting Rights Restoration,Tuesday April 23, 2019 in the Florida House of Representatives in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Phil Sears)
Rep. James Grant, R-Tampa, answers questions during debate over his House Bill 7089 – Voting Rights Restoration,Tuesday April 23, 2019 in the Florida House of Representatives in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Phil Sears)

The bill now goes to the Senate where a similar measure is pending.

Rep. Kionne McGhee, D-Miami, debates the felon voting rights bill during session Wednesday April 24, 2019, in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)
Rep. Kionne McGhee, D-Miami, debates the felon voting rights bill during session Wednesday April 24, 2019, in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)
Rep. Blaise Ingoglia, R-Spring Hill, debates the felon voting rights bill during session Wednesday April 24, 2019, in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)
Rep. Blaise Ingoglia, R-Spring Hill, debates the felon voting rights bill during session Wednesday April 24, 2019, in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)
Rep. Blaise Ingoglia, R-Spring Hill, gets a reaction from Rep. Paul Renner, R-Palm Coast, as they confer during debate over House Bill 7089 - Voting Rights Restoration,Tuesday April 23, 2019 in the Florida House of Representatives in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Phil Sears)
Rep. Blaise Ingoglia, R-Spring Hill, gets a reaction from Rep. Paul Renner, R-Palm Coast, as they confer during debate over House Bill 7089 – Voting Rights Restoration,Tuesday April 23, 2019 in the Florida House of Representatives in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Phil Sears)
Rep. Ray Rodrigues, R-Estero and House Speaker Jose Oliva, R- Miami Lakes, confer during debate over House Bill 7089 - Voting Rights Restoration, Tuesday April 23, 2019 in the Florida House of Representatives in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Phil Sears)
Rep. Ray Rodrigues, R-Estero and House Speaker Jose Oliva, R- Miami Lakes, confer during debate over House Bill 7089 – Voting Rights Restoration, Tuesday April 23, 2019 in the Florida House of Representatives in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Phil Sears)

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