Thursday, March 23, 2017
Governor Terry McAuliffe today vetoed six pieces of legislation that would undermine support for Virginia’s public education system.
House Bill 1400
Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed House Bill 1400, which would create a new executive branch agency known as the Virginia Virtual School. This entity, governed by an independent policy board, would facilitate the provision of full-time, online education programs for students throughout Virginia.
This bill is virtually identical to HB 8 (2016). The Office of the Attorney General advised that HB 8 was unconstitutional; consequently, I vetoed it.
In establishing the Virginia Virtual School outside of the jurisdiction of the Board of Education, and
Virginia House Democratic Caucus
In our last message, we reminded you that the 2011 Redistricting Special Session will convene on April 4th. We also shared that the Governor’s Bi-partisan Redistricting Commission which was established to contribute to “public involvement, openness, and fairness” in the redistricting process had been meeting around the state to solicit public input on the new legislative districts.
Now, we’ve heard the most amazing statement from the Governor. His Director of Communications, Tucker Martin, publically stated that, “the recommendations of the commission are theirs alone; they are not recommendations by the Governor.” He went on to say that “the Governor will not weigh in on redistricting until the General Assembly approves their plan and they are sent to him for his formal review.” Say What?
That’s right folks; the Governor will not be listening to the recommendations made by his own Bi-partisan Redistricting Commission. Unbelievable!
Making bipartisan redistricting a reality was one of the central tenets of the Governor’s campaign. The Governor promoted this Commission instead of backing real reform during the legislative session that would have made bi-partisan redistricting a reality.
Tell the Governor that he has to listen to his own redistricting commission! You can call Governor McDonnell directly at his office – (804) 786-2211.
We all deserve to be heard in this process. Call the Governor today and make sure he listens!
Speak out on the House Democratic Caucus Twitter and Facebook pages. We’re listening, even if the Governor isn’t!
Ward Armstrong – Ken Plum
Minority Leader Caucus Chair
10th House District 36th House District
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Politics, State Politics
Tags: democrat, house_of_delegates