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
Carson said that Del. Fralin is optimistic that it will pass in the full house. With the bill coming out of the Transportation Committee having both Democrat and Republican support Carson believes, “that this is a very good sign.”
House Bill 1826 is an effort to keep kids in school by using revocation of their driver’s license as a deterrent. It reads in part:
Every application for a driver’s license or a learner’s permit submitted by a person less than 18 years old and attending a public school in the Commonwealth shall be accompanied by a document, signed by the applicant’s parent or legal guardian, authorizing the principal, or his designee, of the school attended by the applicant to notify the Department when the applicant has had 10 or more unexcused absences from school on consecutive school days.
Commissioner shall transmit such notice to the juvenile and domestic relations district court within whose jurisdiction the minor resides, which court shall give notice and opportunity for the minor to show cause why his driver’s license or learner’s permit should not be suspended. Upon failure to show cause for the license or permit not to be suspended, the court shall suspend the minor’s driver’s license or learner’s permit until the minor is 18 years old.
Exceptions that Carson hopes will not be used as “loopholes” include:
- Reasons beyond the control of the student
- For the purpose of transferring to another school as confirmed in writing by the student’s parent or guardian, or when the student’s parent or guardian expresses in open court his desire to allow the student to retain his license.
- Upon the request of the parent or guardian of the licensee at which time it will then be at the discretion of the judge.
- Is employed at least four hours per day and at least 20 hours per week, (ii) has a medical condition that requires him to be able to drive a motor vehicle, or (iii) is the only licensee or permittee in his household.
RCPS School Board Chairman, David Carson, responds on drive back from Richmond:
“It is just awful”, says David Carson on the slashing of Roanoke City’s School budget by $15 million dollars or 10% of Roanoke City Public School budget. . Carson was on his cell phone traveling back from Richmond lobbying for House Bill 1826. Carson met with Delegate William Fralin and Delegate Morgan Griffin on the burden placed on RCPS. With 80% of the current budget being personnel Carson said, “I try to never get despondent but I’m pretty close to it.” .
Posted By Valerie Garner