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
DPVA Chair Susan Swecker and Delegate Delores McQuinn call on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign at press event this morning.
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 an event Sessions held in the building this morning with law enforcement officials, although Attorney General Mark Herring, the Commonwealth’s top law enforcement official, was not invited.
“Jeff Sessions misled the Senate Judiciary Committee about his meetings with the Russian ambassador, and for that alone he should resign as Attorney General of the United States,” said DPVA Chair Susan Swecker. “He does not deserve the title of our nation’s top law enforcement officer if he does not respect the rule of law and the legitimate national security concerns about the extent of Donald Trump’s connection to Russia.”
“Donald Trump has deliberately stoked racial tension to divide this nation,” said Del. Delores McQuinn of the 70th House District. “Now more than ever we need leaders to unite us. In the 1980s, Jeff Sessions abused his power and deliberately intimidated black voters in an attempt to suppress their fundamental right to vote. This is not an individual who deserves to hold the title of Attorney General. If Jeff Sessions was too racist to serve as a federal judge 30 years ago, he is too racist to serve as Attorney General today.”
“My constituents have real concerns about whether we have an Attorney General who is truly committed to the rights of all Americans and I share those concerns,” said Del. Jeff Bourne of the 71st House District. “I was extremely disappointed to learn today that Virginia’s top law enforcement officer, Mark Herring, did not get his invite.”
“There are great people that are Democrats, Republicans and independents, that believe that they should represent all the people,” said State Senator Rosalyn Dance of the 16th District. “I believe that those are those who could be found to come forward and take over such a responsible position as the Attorney General and that this is not, indeed not, not that person, as evidenced by his resume, by his record, because that’s what we look for in leaders…their track records to do the job. And the track record does not reflect that this is the best that America has to offer, and we need to find one that does.”
Del. Betsy Carr of the 69th House District also joined the event.