RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Republican Senator and Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment, Jr. has introduced an amendment that would automatically restore rights to non-violent felons. However, those convicted of violent felonies "would not be qualified to vote."
"There is only one right way to automatically restore the vote to those convicted of non-violent felonies who have completed their sentences and paid their fines and restitution," Senator Norment said. "That right way requires an amendment to the Constitution of Virginia, approved by the General Assembly and the people of Virginia."
Norment says the amendment would give non-violent felons a second chance. He also proposed removing the governor from the rights restoration process.
"To ensure the unnecessary drama that ensued after Governor McAuliffe issued his unconstitutional rights restoration order on April 22 does not repeat itself, this amendment would remove the executive from the rights restoration process," said Norment.
Governor Terry McAuliffe released the following statement Thursday in response to the proposed constitutional amendment:
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