Most Florida felons will have their voting rights restored under a bill the Senate passed to implement a constitutional amendment approved by voters.

The bill passed Thursday on a 22-17 vote and now goes back to the House.

Voters approved a constitutional amendment in November that restored voting rights for felons who have completed their sentence, unless they were convicted of murder or a felony sex offense. Democrats and Republicans have fought for weeks over what it means to complete a sentence. Republicans say court-ordered restitution, fees, fines and court costs must be paid. Democrats say those financial obligations create a hurdle that voters didn’t intend.

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)

Republican Sen. Jeff Brandes made changes to the bill that try to help felons meet those obligations, including the ability of a judge to convert them to community service.

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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