Constitutional amendment; restoration of civil rights to persons convicted of felonies, etc. (HJ497)

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 proposed 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


08/03/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/11 11100091D
08/03/2010Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/13/2011Assigned P & E sub: #1 Constitutional
01/31/2011Subcommittee failed to recommend reporting (1-Y 5-N)
02/08/2011Left in Privileges and Elections

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HJ524.


robert legge writes:

Why 2 identical bills? This will never pass in the HOD unless ex-felons start voting Republican. Maybe "Another Republican Ex-Felon" bumperstickers would get the word out. I think that registering to vote should be a condition of parole.

Bubberella writes:

Republican ex-felons probably don't have as much difficulty getting their rights restored.

Rickey Moore writes:

Justice Thurgood Marshall once noted that “the denial of a right to vote to such persons is hindrance to the efforts of society to rehabilitate former felons and convert them into law-abiding and productive citizens."

I rest my case, Yer Honor.