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, March 10, 2010
March 10, 2010 – Dear Fellow State Employee:
Early in the Administration, the Governor authorized the issuance of an Equal Opportunity in the Workplace Directive to employees of the Office of the Governor that reflects his strong position that employment discrimination for any reason other than merit and ability has no place in state government. While the separation of powers doctrine precludes the Governor from changing the Virginia Human Rights Act via Executive Order, he wants to be clear that discrimination in state employment will not be tolerated. As the chief executive officer for the Commonwealth, the Governor wants to establish a clear standard of conduct ensuring that all cabinet members, agency heads, managers, supervisors and employees of the Executive Branch understand and enforce state and federal law prohibiting employment discrimination. Independent agencies and state supported colleges and universities should likewise adopt a similar standard of conduct. This standard of conduct is set forth in the attached Executive Directive One.
It is the Governor’s Directive that Executive Branch agencies attract and retain the best and the brightest people to state public service, and that all feel welcome and appreciated as they serve the citizens of the Commonwealth. We have a talented state workforce, which is doing excellent work in very tough budget times. We also have outstanding cabinet members and managers, where excellence and fair treatment is the great norm, and discrimination is the extremely rare exception.
On behalf of the Governor, I want to thank you for your cooperation and assistance with implementing this Directive, and for making Virginia state government a welcoming and productive place to fulfill one’s professional calling.
Martin L. Kent, Chief of Staff – Governor Robert F. McDonnell
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Politics, State Politics
Tags: governor, McDonnell