Gov. McAuliffe vetoes five firearms bills

Friday, March 24, 2017

Governor Terry McAuliffe today vetoed five pieces of legislation that would further weaken the Commonwealth’s gun safety laws and put Virginians at risk. House Bill 1852 House Bill 1852 would provide that for a period of 45 days after the issuance of a protective order the individual seeking the protective order may lawfully carry a […]

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Gov. McAuliffe vetoes six bills that undermine public education

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Gov. McAuliffe vetoes six bills that undermine public education

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 […]

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Discrimination against same-sex couples vetoed by Gov. McAuliffe

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoed Senate Bill 1324 sponsored by Sen. Charles Carrico, Sr, It  would shield from civil liability those who actively discriminate against same-sex couples. I vetoed this exact same bill last year, and my rationale for that veto remains the same. Although couched as a “religious freedom” bill, this legislation is nothing more than […]

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Gov. McAuliffe proposes amendments to coal ash bill

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Gov. McAuliffe proposes amendments to coal ash bill

Governor Terry McAuliffe released a statement today regarding his proposed amendments to Senate Bill 1398. Sen. Scott Surovell was chief sponsor of the bill which would place a temporary pause on the state permitting process for coal ash impoundment projects to allow for additional assessment regarding their impact on Virginia’s water quality and environment Gov. McAuliffe […]

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Gov. McAuliffe vetoes switchblades and knives to minors for sport

Monday, March 20, 2017

Governor Terry McAuliffe today vetoed Senate Bill 865, which would provide minors with easy and unrestricted access to lethal weapons. “Senate Bill 865, which would provide an exemption to the prohibition against furnishing specified types of knives to minors. Under the bill, such a transfer would be permissible if between family members or for the […]

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McAuliffe vetoes coal tax credit, local wage control, franchisee-franchisor bills

Friday, March 17, 2017

McAuliffe vetoes coal tax credit, local wage control, franchisee-franchisor bills

Governor Terry McAuliffe today vetoed House Bill 1394, which would categorically prohibit franchisees and their employees from being considered the employees of a franchisor. As proponents of this legislation have acknowledged, franchisees and their employees are not considered employees of the franchisor in typical franchisor/franchisee relationships. It would relieve these dominant franchisor/employers of the obligations […]

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Another voter suppression bill vetoed by Gov. McAuliffe

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed Senate Bill 872, which is identical to House Bill 1428, a bill he vetoed last week. The bills would erect an unnecessary and impractical barrier to voting by forcing people to submit photo identification when seeking to vote absentee by mail. House Bill 2343 requires the Department of Elections to provide […]

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Gov. McAuliffe announces Virginia revenue collections are up 3.6%

Monday, March 13, 2017

RICHMOND – Governor McAuliffe announced today that general fund revenue collections for February increased 3.6 percent. On a fiscal year-to-date basis, total revenue collections rose 4.5 percent, ahead of the annual forecast of 2.9 percent growth. “Even though February is not a significant month for state revenue collections, continued growth is a great sign that […]

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Impending snowpocalypse leads Gov. McAuliffe to issue state of emergency

Monday, March 13, 2017

Impending snowpocalypse leads Gov. McAuliffe to issue state of emergency

RICHMOND – With forecasts calling for a major winter storm event to impact portions of Virginia tonight through Tuesday, Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency at 2 p.m. today. This action authorizes state agencies to assist local governments as they prepare and respond to the coming winter weather over the next 24 hours. […]

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Governor vetoes bill that attempts to hold down wages of contractors

Friday, March 10, 2017

Governor Terry McAuliffe has vetoed House Bill 1596 that  prohibit a state agency from requiring a bidder, contractor or subcontractor from performing services at rates based on prevailing wages and benefits. “Projects and employers who adhere to prevailing wage standards improve the lives of working families and enrich their communities. This legislation would have the […]

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Gov. McAuliffe vetoes bill requiring photo ID for absentee ballot

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoed House Bill 1428 today that the General Assembly passed in the 2017 session. It required photo identification for any voter seeking absentee ballots by mail, telephonic or electronic transmission. The Governor stated, “This bill remains substantively unchanged from a bill that I vetoed in 2015. The bill imposes barriers on an […]

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Gov. McAuliffe vetoes concealed handgun bill, Tebow bill, and legalization of concealed switchblade knife

Monday, February 20, 2017

Gov. McAuliffe vetoes concealed handgun bill, Tebow bill, and legalization of concealed switchblade knife

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 […]

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