The Clarion-Ledger, 3/26/8

An agreement may be in the works between the two chambers in the Mississippi Legislature on requiring voters to show identification and granting suffrage rights to some convicted felons.

The Senate on Tuesday approved a resolution in support of drafting a new bill that could be the means to end a half-decade fight over the two controversial proposals.

Senate Elections Committee Chairman Terry Burton, R-Newton, said the bill would be a “true compromise.” Historically, the House has supported the suffrage portion, while the Senate has pushed voter ID.

“The two provisions that have been so contentious in years past are included,” Burton said.

But at least 82 members of the House must sign off on the resolution as the deadline for introducing legislation has passed. Also, the resolution could be up for more debate in the Senate as well.