Constitutional amendment; qualifications to vote, executive clemency (first reference). (HJ539)

Introduced By

Del. Greg Habeeb (R-Salem)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Constitutional amendment (first resolution); qualifications to vote; executive clemency; restoration of right to vote. Provides that no person convicted of a felony shall be qualified to vote unless he has completed service of his sentence, including any modifications of the sentence, and the payment in full of any restitution, fines, costs, and fees assessed against him as a result of the felony conviction. The proposed amendment removes the power of the Governor or other appropriate authority (such as another state's law) to restore the right to vote to a felon. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

  • 09/06/2012 Committee
  • 09/06/2012 Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13100112D
  • 09/07/2012 Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13100112D
  • 09/07/2012 Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
  • 01/11/2013 Assigned P & E sub: Constitutional Amendments Subcommittee
  • 01/14/2013 Subcommittee recommends incorporating (HJ535-Herring)
  • 02/05/2013 Left in Privileges and Elections

In the News

Panel Kills Bills to Restore Felons’ Voting Rights

January 14, 2013
Gov. Bob McDonnell and other key Republicans, as well as Democratic legislators, say they are disappointed that a House subcommittee today killed proposals to automatically restore the voting rights of nonviolent felons who have served their prison sentences.

Comments

Waldo Jaquith writes:

I wonder what Del. Habeeb's motivation is for filing this bill? Is this a problem in some way right now? Does he believe that Gov. McDonnell is exercising poor judgment in his restoration of voting rights for ex-felons?

Carolyn Caywood writes:

Does this then mean automatic restoration after all everything is completed and paid?

Hope Amezquita writes:

The ACLU of Virginia strongly supports ending permanent disenfranchisement and restoring the civil rights of the nearly 450,000 Virginians affected by this law. This proposal seeks to amend Virginia's Constitution by inserting permanent requirements before restoration of civil rights are granted. This proposal also removes the Governor's role in the process.

ACLU-VA Voting Rights, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The ACLU of Virginia strongly supports ending permanent disenfranchisement and restoring the civil rights of the nearly 450,000 Virginians affected by this law. This proposal seeks to amend Virginia's Constitution by inserting permanent requirements before restoration of civil rights are granted. This proposal also removes the Governor's role in the process.