Gov. McAuliffe vetoes three bills that would make it more difficult to vote

Monday, March 27, 2017

Governor Terry McAuliffe today vetoed three pieces of legislation that, rather than improving election integrity, could impede eligible Virginians from voting. Senate Bill 1253 This bill requires the state to make significant and costly changes to the existing voter registration database that will not improve election integrity. No funding is provided for localities to obtain […]

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Gov. McAuliffe vetoes five firearms bills

Friday, March 24, 2017

Governor Terry McAuliffe today vetoed five pieces of legislation that would further weaken the Commonwealth’s gun safety laws and put Virginians at risk. House Bill 1852 House Bill 1852 would provide that for a period of 45 days after the issuance of a protective order the individual seeking the protective order may lawfully carry a […]

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Gov. McAuliffe vetoes six bills that undermine public education

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Gov. McAuliffe vetoes six bills that undermine public education

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 […]

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Discrimination against same-sex couples vetoed by Gov. McAuliffe

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoed Senate Bill 1324 sponsored by Sen. Charles Carrico, Sr, It  would shield from civil liability those who actively discriminate against same-sex couples. I vetoed this exact same bill last year, and my rationale for that veto remains the same. Although couched as a “religious freedom” bill, this legislation is nothing more than […]

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Gov. McAuliffe proposes amendments to coal ash bill

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Gov. McAuliffe proposes amendments to coal ash bill

Governor Terry McAuliffe released a statement today regarding his proposed amendments to Senate Bill 1398. Sen. Scott Surovell was chief sponsor of the bill which would place a temporary pause on the state permitting process for coal ash impoundment projects to allow for additional assessment regarding their impact on Virginia’s water quality and environment Gov. McAuliffe […]

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Gov. McAuliffe vetoes switchblades and knives to minors for sport

Monday, March 20, 2017

Governor Terry McAuliffe today vetoed Senate Bill 865, which would provide minors with easy and unrestricted access to lethal weapons. “Senate Bill 865, which would provide an exemption to the prohibition against furnishing specified types of knives to minors. Under the bill, such a transfer would be permissible if between family members or for the […]

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AG Herring and Frosh statement on appeal of preliminary injunction against revised travel ban

Friday, March 17, 2017

Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring and Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh issued the following joint statement regarding the Trump administration’s notice of appeal of the preliminary injunction granted in International Refugee Assistance Project et al v. Trump et al., which is challenging the constitutionality of President Trump’s revised travel ban: “Despite President Trump’s […]

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McAuliffe vetoes coal tax credit, local wage control, franchisee-franchisor bills

Friday, March 17, 2017

McAuliffe vetoes coal tax credit, local wage control, franchisee-franchisor bills

Governor Terry McAuliffe today vetoed House Bill 1394, which would categorically prohibit franchisees and their employees from being considered the employees of a franchisor. As proponents of this legislation have acknowledged, franchisees and their employees are not considered employees of the franchisor in typical franchisor/franchisee relationships. It would relieve these dominant franchisor/employers of the obligations […]

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AG Herring in letter to Sec. DeVos calls for continued student protection against abusive for-profit colleges

Thursday, March 16, 2017

During his term, Attorney General Herring has secured $2.3 million in loan forgiveness for former students of Education Management Corporation and partnered with the U.S. Department of Education to help more than 5,000 qualified Corinthian Colleges students in Virginia receive notice about debt forgiveness after their schools closed. In a letter to Secretary of Education Elisabeth […]

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AG Herring on decision by federal district judge in Hawaii to block Trump’s revised travel ban

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Attorney General Mark R. Herring issued the following statement regarding the decision by a federal district judge in Hawaii to block President Trump’s new, scaled-back travel order from taking effect: “President Trump tried to trim and tailor his new ban to avoid legal problems, but when something is as tainted as his Muslim ban it’s […]

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DPVA call on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign – video

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

DPVA call on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign - video

At a press conference held outside Richmond’s SunTrust Building this morning, the Democratic Party of Virginia (DPVA) called on U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign his position following revelations that he lied under oath to the Senate Judiciary Committee about his meetings with the Russian ambassador. The press conference was held just prior to […]

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Another voter suppression bill vetoed by Gov. McAuliffe

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed Senate Bill 872, which is identical to House Bill 1428, a bill he vetoed last week. The bills would erect an unnecessary and impractical barrier to voting by forcing people to submit photo identification when seeking to vote absentee by mail. House Bill 2343 requires the Department of Elections to provide […]

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