Constitutional amendment; restoration of civil rights to persons convicted of felonies. (HJ563)

Introduced By

Sen. Joe Morrissey (D-Richmond)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate

Description

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 »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
12/04/2012Committee
12/04/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13101391D
12/04/2012Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/11/2013Assigned P & E sub: Constitutional Amendments Subcommittee
01/14/2013Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely (5-Y 2-N)
02/05/2013Left in Privileges and Elections

Comments

stephen writes:

It's a good start but really doesn't go far enough. Most states restore rights as the person walks out the prison door.

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

The ACLU of Virginia strongly supports passage of a constitutional amendment that would permit enactment of general laws restoring the right to vote to persons convicted of felonies.

Hope Amezquita writes:

The ACLU of Virginia strongly supports passage of a constitutional amendment that would permit enactment of general laws restoring the right to vote to persons convicted of felonies.

James writes:

People make mistakes and should be able to pay their debt to society. Upon paying the debt they should be restored back to citizens instead of be ousted from society. I think this would help some stay out and be accepted back into the civil life.