Constitutional amendment; restoration of civil rights (first reference). (HJ674)

Introduced By

Del. Matthew James (D-Portsmouth) with support from co-patrons Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton), and Sen. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth)

Progress

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

Description

Constitutional amendment (first resolution); qualifications to vote; restoration of civil rights. Authorizes the General Assembly to provide by law for the restoration of civil rights for persons convicted of nonviolent felonies who have completed service of their sentences subject to the conditions, requirements, and definitions set forth in that law. 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 an alternative for restoration of rights pursuant to law for nonviolent felons. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
01/09/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13102353D
01/09/2013Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/11/2013Assigned P & E sub: Constitutional Amendments Subcommittee
01/14/2013Subcommittee recommends incorporating (HJ535-Herring)
02/05/2013Left in Privileges and Elections

Comments

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.