House Joint Resolution 11 - Introduced HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 11 BY COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY (SUCCESSOR TO HSB 143) HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION A Joint Resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution 1 of the State of Iowa relating to the qualifications of 2 electors. 3 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 4 TLSB 1803HV (1) 89 ss/jh
H.J.R. 11 Section 1. The following amendment to the Constitution of 1 the State of Iowa is proposed: 2 Section 5 of Article II of the Constitution of the State of 3 Iowa, as amended by the amendment of 2008, is amended to read 4 as follows: 5 Sec. 5. Disqualified persons. A person adjudged mentally 6 incompetent to vote or a person convicted of any infamous crime 7 felony who has not discharged his or her sentence shall not be 8 entitled to the privilege of an elector. 9 Sec. 2. REFERRAL AND PUBLICATION. The foregoing proposed 10 amendment to the Constitution of the State of Iowa is referred 11 to the general assembly to be chosen at the next general 12 election for members of the general assembly, and shall be 13 published as provided by law for three consecutive months 14 previous to the date of that election. 15 EXPLANATION 16 The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with 17 the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly. 18 This joint resolution proposes an amendment to the 19 Constitution of the State of Iowa relating to the 20 qualifications of electors. The amendment provides that a 21 person who is convicted of a felony is not entitled to the 22 privileges of an elector until that person discharges his or 23 her sentence. Under current law, a person convicted of any 24 infamous crime is not entitled to the privileges of an elector 25 unless that person’s rights are restored by the governor. 26 The resolution, if adopted, would be published and then 27 referred to the next general assembly (90th) for adoption, 28 before being submitted to the electorate for ratification. 29 -1- LSB 1803HV (1) 89 ss/jh 1/ 1