Friday, September 16, 2016
Del. Greg Habeeb of Salem today has submitted HB 1406 that is contingent on HJ 542, the passage of amendments to the Virginia Constitution by November 2018. Both to be taken up in the 2017 General Assembly session in January.
The hitch is that HB 1406 the automatic right to own a firearm goes into effect automatically when the Constitutional Amendment Article II, Section 1 is approved by voters.
The amendment to the Constitution provides for the automatic restoration of the civil rights of a person who has been convicted of any non-violent felony after they have completed their sentence, including all supervised or unsupervised probation, and paid all fines, fees, court costs, and restitutio
From Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s facebook page:
The United States Supreme Court Justices met last Friday to discuss whether or not to grant Virginia’s request to expedite our healthcare case directly to the Supreme Court – thereby bypassing the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Virginia, along with many other states and companies, has been left with great uncertainty regarding the healthcare bill. Virginia alone is spending millions of dollars preparing to implement the bill – despite the fact that if Virginia’s legal challenge succeeds, the bill may well be stricken before it is ever fully implemented.
The Supreme Court did not make an announcement [Monday] on whether or not it was going to expedite the case. Instead, they relisted the case on their docket for this Friday, April 22nd.
What does that mean?
It means that they haven’t rejected our request – yet. Remember, requests to expedite are infrequently granted. However, it also probably means that one or more of the Justices want more time to consider the question. It also means that there appears at least to be interest in the petition at the court, which is itself encouraging. If my numbers are right, over 90% of petitions addressed in these conferences are summarily rejected because no Justice has any interest in them. So, the fact that the Justices didn’t summarily dismiss our petition is itself interesting and at least modestly encouraging (hopefully not in the vein of what your mother told you growing up: “the worst thing they can do is ignore you”… of course, my mother has never filed a petition with the Supreme Court).
Generally speaking, we would expect an opinion issued Monday the 25th; however, it is Easter weekend, so I don’t know if that will have an impact on timing, but I’ll let you know as soon as we find out!
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Politics, State Politics
Tags: attorney_general, cuccinelli, health, lawsuit