Constitutional amendment; restoration of civil rights for certain felons (first reference). (HJ182)

Introduced By

Del. Frank Hall (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate


Constitutional amendment (first resolution); restoration of civil rights. Authorizes the General Assembly to provide by general law for the restoration of civil rights for persons convicted of felonies who have completed service of their sentence including any period or condition of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence. The present Constitution provides for restoration of rights by the Governor. The amendment retains the right of the Governor to restore civil rights and adds the alternative for restoration of rights pursuant to general law. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/09/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 085010524
01/09/2008Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/18/2008Continued to 2009 in Privileges and Elections


Vivian P., tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

Another thing that is long overdue in Virginia.

robert legge writes:

Another soft on crime initiative. There is plenty of evidence that guys contemplating knocking off the 7-11 have been dissuaded from their evil doing by the certain knowledge that they will not be able to vote in future elections. In case you're wondering I'm being facetious. I want felons to come back into the fold after they have served their time. Apparently republicans are worried that as a group they will vote for Democratic candidates. What they need to do is vote Repub. and let people know it. Maybe sport a "Another Republican ex-Felon" bumper sticker on their car would allay those fears.