Monday, February 20, 2017
Governor Terry McAuliffe
House Bill 1582 reflects an incomplete understanding of weapons qualification practices within our military and is an unwarranted expansion in the number of people allowed to carry handguns in the Commonwealth. It would do nothing to protect the safety of our citizens.
It would allow any person 18 years of age or older and on active military duty or honorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces or the Virginia National Guard who has completed basic training to apply for a concealed handgun permit.
Contrary to the assumption of House Bill 1582, weapons familiarization training as a component of an individual’s military basic training does not qualify that
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
RICHMOND – At the reconvened session of the General Assembly today, Virginia legislators approved 92% of Governor Bob McDonnell’s 213 amendments to the budget and previously passed legislation. Sometimes called the “veto” session, this year’s one-day gathering featured no vetoes from the Governor, as the Governor and staff worked out many issues cooperating with legislators during the regular session. Among the key amendments of the Governor agreed to today by the House and Senate were measures to:
· Restore funding for the job-creating Governor’s Opportunity Fund by $6 million in the second year of the budget and to free up nearly $10 million in the first year
· Reinstate a critical $10 million tax deduction for Virginia employers to help foster job growth
· Increase funding for Virginia’s growing commercial spaceport at Wallops Island
· Restore funding for the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Norfolk
· Provide funding for the successful Commonwealth ChalleNGe program at Camp Pendleton
· Meet prior state commitments to major employers SRI and Bank of America, and increased funding for the Biofuels Production Incentive Grant Program.
· Equalize amendments to the state’s public employee retirement system to ensure current local and state employees are treated the same concerning payment of retirement benefits
Speaking about today’s reconvened session, the Governor noted, “I want to thank the members of the House and Senate for their excellent bipartisan work today and during this recent session of the General Assembly. Together we closed an historic budget shortfall without raising taxes. We focused on reducing government spending at a time when families and businesses are doing the same. While many states try to navigate these difficult times by significantly raising taxes on their citizens and businesses, Virginia has chosen to take a different and more fiscally responsible path. With an unacceptable 7.4% unemployment rate hurting our people, we now have invested wisely in job-creating measures that give us great new tools to compete in the global economy. With the session now concluded, I look forward to moving forward with important Commissions that will create innovative new policies to spur economic development and job creation, reform government to make it simpler and more efficient and to make our higher education system more affordable and accessible.”
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Politics, State Politics
Tags: general_assembly, governor