Constitutional amendment; restoration of civil rights to persons convicted of felonies, etc. (HJ16)

Introduced By

Sen. Roz Dance (D-Petersburg)


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


12/28/2009Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10
12/28/2009Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10101654D
12/28/2009Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/16/2010Left in Privileges and Elections

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HJ42 and HJ70.


BB writes:

Why wouldn't anyone grant this? Restoration of rights ensures that EVERYONE's voice is heard.

DC writes:

Restoration of rights to a convicted felon who has completed their service of sentencing to include any period or condition of probation,parole, etc. should be automatic as it is in other states. Why would anyone not grant this right when our country was formed by the belief of "No taxation without representation", and the convicted felons are surely taxed by our government when they are released and are law-abiding citizens holding down jobs in our communities!