House subcommittee rejects proposal to allow Virginia governors to serve two consecutive terms.
Thursday, February 14
By Shelby Mertens Capital News Service Virginia governors will not be able to serve two consecutive terms starting in 2017, as a House of Delegates subcommittee has rejected the Senate's proposed constitutional amendment that would have allowed it. Sen. Thomas Garrett, R-Lynchburg, introduced Senate Joint Resolution 276. The amendment passed in the Senate late last month with a 25-15 bipartisan vote: 16 Democrats and nine Republicans voted for it, while 11 Republicans and four Democrats opposed it. When the Senate resolution crossed over to the House this week, however, it ran into trouble. The proposed amendment was assigned to the House Committee on Privileges and Elections. This week, that panel’s Constitutional Amendments Subcommittee…
State Sen. Adam Ebbin co-sponsored legislation.
Sunday, February 3
By Shelby Mertens Capital News Service Starting in 2017, Virginia voters could have the opportunity to reelect the governor to a second consecutive term if the House joins the Senate in seeking to amend the state’s Constitution. The Senate has approved a proposed constitutional amendment to allow governors to serve two terms in a row. The vote last week was 25-15. The resolution now moves to the House of Delegates, where its fate is uncertain. “I’m not real optimistic about its chances, but I think it’s the right thing to do,” said Sen. John Miller, D-Newport News. "We ought to give the voters the opportunity to decide whether a governor should keep his job and be reelected." Virginia is the only state that does not allow governors to …