Gov. Thomas Stanley Address to 1956 Session

  • Date: January 11, 1956
  • Creator: Thomas Stanley
  • Archive: Senate Document No. 1,1956 Session, House and Senate Documents, 1955, Commonwealth of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia

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Stanley addressed the General Assembly a few months after he proposed a referendum that would allow for a Constitutional Convention to amend the State Constitution. (See Governor Stanley's Address to the 1955 Session) Since voters supported the referendum, the first recommendation to the Assembly was the "authorization of the election of delegates to the constitutional convention," however the rest of Stanley's address took a different direction. Stanley shifted the focus away from the issue of school desegregation and presented an overview of the economic conditions of the State over the past two years and forecast for the next two years.