|HR 396 - Ineligibility to hold elective off; felony conviction; exception - CA|
First Reader Summary
A RESOLUTION proposing an amendment to the Constitution so as to
provide that persons who have been convicted of a felony are not
eligible to hold elective office except in specified
circumstances; and for other purposes.
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HR 396 LC 22 2622
1- 1 Proposing an amendment to the Constitution so as to provide
1- 2 that persons who have been convicted of a felony are not
1- 3 eligible to hold elective office except in specified
1- 4 circumstances; to provide for the submission of this
1- 5 amendment for ratification or rejection; and for other
1- 6 purposes.
1- 7 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:
1- 8 SECTION 1.
1- 9 Article II, Section II of the Constitution is amended by
1-10 striking Paragraph III in its entirety and inserting in lieu
1-11 thereof the following:
1-12 "No person who is not a registered voter
or who has been
1-13 convicted of a felony involving moral turpitude, unless
1-14 that person's civil rights have been restored and at least
1-15 ten years have elapsed from the date of the completion of
1-16 the sentence without a subsequent conviction of another
1-17 felony involving moral turpitude, or who is the holder of
1-18 public funds illegally shall be eligible to hold any
1-19 office or appointment of honor or trust in this state. No
1-20 person who has been convicted of a felony, unless that
1-21 person has received a full pardon on the grounds of
1-22 innocence of such felony, shall be eligible to hold any
1-23 elective office or appointment of honor or trust in this
1-24 state. Additional conditions of eligibility to hold
1-25 office for persons elected on a write-in vote and for
1-26 persons holding offices or appointments of honor or trust
1-27 other than elected offices created by this Constitution
1-28 may be provided by law."
1-29 SECTION 2.
1-30 The above proposed amendment to the Constitution shall be
1-31 published and submitted as provided in Article X, Section I,
1-32 Paragraph II of the Constitution.
1-33 The ballot submitting the above proposed amendment shall
1-34 have written or printed thereon the following:
2- 1 "( ) YES Shall the Constitution be amended so as to
2- 2 provide that no person convicted of a felony
2- 3 ( ) NO shall be eligible to hold any elective office
2- 4 or appointment of honor or trust in this state
2- 5 unless such person has received a full pardon
2- 6 on the grounds of innocence?"
2- 7 All persons desiring to vote in favor of ratifying the
2- 8 proposed amendment shall vote "Yes." All persons desiring
2- 9 to vote against ratifying the proposed amendment shall vote
2-11 If such amendment shall be ratified as provided in said
2-12 Paragraph of the Constitution, it shall become a part of the
2-13 Constitution of this state.
Clerk of the House
Robert E. Rivers, Jr., Clerk
Last Updated on 04/20/98