The state Senate has blessed a measure that would end Virginia’s distinction as the only state that prohibits governors from election to consecutive terms. Also Monday, the General Assembly’s upper chamber approved a proposed constitutional amendment to automatically restore voting rights to non-violent felons, a change supported by Gov. Bob McDonnell. But if recent action in the House of Delegates is telling, those measures will soon reach the end of the line in this year’s legislative session.
Both items to amend Virginia’s Constitution cleared the Senate by comfortable margins, though similar measures have already been rejected in the House.
The voting rights proposal, SJ 266, moved forward on a 30-10 vote in the Senate, and senators approved the two-term governor measure, SJ 276, by a 25-15 margin. Each is a perennial bill that comes before the General Assembly.