HJ 641 Constitutional amendment (first resolution); succession office of Gov.
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Summary as passed:
Constitutional amendment (first resolution); succession to the office of Governor. Expands the list of successors to the office of Governor that presently includes the Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, and Speaker of the House of Delegates, in case of an emergency or enemy attack that prevents the House of Delegates from meeting to elect a governor. The successors would include successor speakers, the President pro tempore of the Senate, and the majority leader of the Senate. The successor would be Acting Governor until the House of Delegates convened to elect a Governor.The amendment also includes authority for the General Assembly, by law, to provide for a waiver of certain eligibility requirements for the Attorney General and Speaker to succeed to the office of Governor in the event of an emergency or enemy attack upon the soil of Virginia.


Summary as passed House:
Constitutional amendment (first resolution); succession to the office of Governor. Expands the list of successors to the office of Governor that presently includes the Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, and Speaker of the House of Delegates, in case of an emergency or enemy attack that prevents the House of Delegates from meeting to elect a governor. The successors would include successor speakers, the President pro tempore of the Senate, and the majority leader of the Senate. The successor would be Acting Governor until the House of Delegates convened to elect a Governor.The amendment also includes authority for the General Assembly, by law, to provide for a waiver of certain eligibility requirements for the Attorney General and Speaker to succeed to the office of Governor in the event of an emergency or enemy attack upon the soil of Virginia.


Summary as introduced:
Constitutional amendment (first resolution); succession to the office of Governor. Expands the list of successors to the office of Governor that presently includes the Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, and Speaker of the House of Delegates. The additional successors are the President pro tempore of the Senate, the majority leader of the House of Delegates, the majority leader of the Senate, the minority leader of the House of Delegates, and the minority leader of the Senate. The amendment also includes authority for the General Assembly, by law, to provide for a waiver of certain eligibility requirements for the Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General to succeed to the office of Governor in the event of a terrorist or enemy attack upon the soil of Virginia.