Baria proposes changes to governor’s pardons

Baria said his legislation would require the local district attorney and sheriff where a crime happened be notified when a convict requests a gubernatorial pardon. The DA and sheriff would be required to notify the victims and their families and hold a public hearing, and send a transcript of the hearing to the governor.

“The governor could just throw it in the trash, if that’s what he wants to do,” Baria said. “But at least he will have heard it.”

But other lawmakers on Monday argued against Baria’s amendment.

“This has more to do with politics than with any practical application pertaining to a governor’s power,” said Rep. Ed Blackmon, D-Canton.

Sun Herald