RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Republicans are asking Gov. Terry McAuliffe to call a special session after Governor Terry McAuliffe's executive order restoring voting rights to more than 200,000 in Virginia.
House Speaker Bill Howell and Senate Majority Leader Thomas Norment sent the governor a letter on Tuesday requesting the special session and asking him to provide a report on all "206,000 convicted felons whose rights have been restored, including but not limited to names, offense or offenses committed, and length of any sentence, probation or parole." They also ask for information on fines, court costs and restitution still owed by those who have had their rights restored.
"We are deeply concerned by the flagrant disregard for the Constitution of Virginia demonstrated by your action. We are equally concerned by its timing, which was obviously intended to prevent any opportunity for legislative input," the letter reads. "Similarly, but in a manner consistent with the history of this administration, General Assembly leadership was neither consulted nor informed of your intentions prior to the public press conference you conducted on Friday.,"
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