Constitutional amendment; restoration of civil rights if person has served full sentence. (HJ107)

Introduced By

Del. Luke Torian (D-Woodbridge)

Progress

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

Description

Constitutional amendment (first resolution); restoration of civil rights. Provides that no person convicted of a felony shall be qualified to vote unless he has served his full sentence and been released back to civil society. The proposed amendment deletes the present constitutional language that provides for restoration of civil rights by the Governor or other appropriate authority. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
01/08/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14102149D
01/08/2014Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/12/2014Left in Privileges and Elections

Comments

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

The ACLU of Virginia strongly supports automatic restoration of civil rights, including the right to vote, for all individuals convicted of felonies, regardless of the type of felony. Virginia is one of only four states that permanently disenfranchises its citizens. Over 350,000 Virginians, most of who live in our communities and pay taxes, still cannot vote despite fully completing their sentences.