All of this is, of course, in response to Haley Barbour's last-minute pardon spree. Watson is, apparently OK with last-minute pardon sprees which involve non-violent crimes - which would include most of Barbour's pardons. Which is to say, the amendment would, after all of its tier-making and discriminating between offenses, not at all address most of what Barbour did. Great.
Other amendments have been filed which would prohibit a governor from granting a pardon within the last 90 days he or she is in office or require the State Parole Board approval before any felony crimes could be pardoned. See full story here.