Monday, January 14, 2013

House Republicans kill restoration of civil rights for Virginians convicted of nonviolent felonies in subcommittee

Republicans in Virginia's House Subcommittee on Constitutional Amendments have voted to kill HJ535. From the campaign of Mark Herring for Attorney General:
HERRING STATEMENT ON RESTORATION OF RIGHTS BILLS

Leesburg – Democratic candidate for Attorney General State Senator Mark Herring (Loudoun & Fairfax) issued the following statement following the vote of the House Subcommittee on Constitutional Amendments to defeat legislation that would have created an automatic process for restoration of civil rights for Virginians convicted of nonviolent felonies:

“I am deeply disappointed that the subcommittee defeated this opportunity to give over 350,000 Virginians a chance at redemption. Governor McDonnell took an important stand for this issue in his State of the Commonwealth address and it is a shame that members of his own party were unwilling to follow his lead.

“There is still an opportunity this session for Virginia to join the majority of other states that make the restoration of rights an automatic process for non-violent offenders. Similar legislation, which I am proud to co-patron, is alive in the Senate and I am hopeful it will receive bipartisan support to pass the Senate and give the House another chance to do the right thing.”

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