Statement of House Speaker William J. Howell and Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment, Jr.

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RICHMOND, VA – Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell and Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment, Jr. issued the following statement Friday on the Supreme Court’s ruling declaring Governor Terry McAuliffe’s executive order restoring the political rights of 206,000 convicted felons as unconstitutional. The full opinion can be found here.

“The Supreme Court of Virginia delivered a major victory for the Constitution, the rule of law and the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Our nation was founded on the principles of limited government and separation of powers. Those principles have once again withstood assault from the executive branch. This opinion is a sweeping rebuke of the governor’s unprecedented assertion of executive authority. We are grateful to the justices of the Supreme Court for their prompt and thorough attention to this case.”