Thursday, March 23, 2017
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
STATEMENT OF LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR BOLLING IN RESPONSE TO ATTORNEY GENERAL CUCCINELLI’S DECISION TO RECONSIDER HIS CALL FOR BALLOT ACCESS CHANGES IN ADVANCE OF THE MARCH REPUBLICAN PRIMARY
Bolling applauds Cuccinelli’s decision to abandon call for legislative changes to Virginia’s ballot access requirements in advance of the March Republican presidential primary, and encourages the Attorney General to avoid public comments that are critical of Virginia’s election laws while his office is defending those laws in pending court actions-
RICHMOND – Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling today issued the following statement in response to Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s decision to reconsider his call for ballot access changes in advance of the March Republican Primary:
“Needless to say, I am pleased that Attorney General Cuccinelli has abandoned his call for legislative changes to Virginia’s ballot access requirements in advance of the Republican presidential primary in March.
While I do not object to the General Assembly considering changes to our ballot access requirements for future elections, it would have been inappropriate to make such changes in the middle of the current presidential nominating process. That would have been terribly unfair to Governor Romney and Congressman Paul, both of whom successfully complied with these requirements and filed a sufficient number of legal petition signatures to qualify for the Virginia ballot.
“Going forward, I would also encourage Attorney General Cuccinelli to avoid making public statements that criticize our state election laws while his office is defending the State Board of Elections in a lawsuit that has been brought against them by Governor Perry and certain other presidential candidates. I am concerned that such public comments could be used against the Commonwealth in our effort to defend these lawsuits, and I am confident that the Attorney General would not want to do anything that could jeopardize his office’s ability to win this case.”
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Election 2012, Elections, Politics, State Politics
Tags: Bill Bolling, Bolling, election 2013, Elections, law, Lt_Governor, republican