Constitutional amendment; restoration of civil rights (first reference). (SJ266)

Introduced By

Sen. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth) with support from co-patron Sen. Mark Herring (D-Leesburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Constitutional amendment (first resolution); 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 the alternative for restoration of rights pursuant to law. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


  • 12/07/2012 Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13
  • 12/07/2012 Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13101657D
  • 12/07/2012 Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
  • 01/15/2013 Assigned to P&E sub: Constitutional Amendments, Reapportionment and Referenda
  • 01/22/2013 Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (10-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
  • 01/22/2013 Committee substitute printed 13104052D-S1
  • 01/23/2013 Incorporates SJ321
  • 01/23/2013 Incorporates SJ269
  • 01/24/2013 Reading waived (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 01/25/2013 Read second time
  • 01/25/2013 Reading of substitute waived
  • 01/25/2013 Committee substitute agreed to 13104052D-S1
  • 01/25/2013 Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SJ266S1
  • 01/28/2013 Read third time and agreed to by Senate (30-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/02/2013 Placed on Calendar
  • 02/02/2013 Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
  • 02/04/2013 Assigned P & E sub: Constitutional Amendments Subcommittee
  • 02/11/2013 Subcommittee recommends no action
  • 02/23/2013 Left in Privileges and Elections


stephen writes:

Why just nonviolent felonies? Why not help the other people too, so they can turn their lives around 100%.

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

The ACLU of Virginia strongly supports passage of a constitutional amendment that automatically restores the civil rights of individuals convicted of non-violent felonies.