The first three days of the 2017 General Assembly session are in the books. Here are some notes from Thursday and Friday.
HB 1469 (Del. Bob Marshall, R-Prince William) would authorize school boards or private school administrators to designate one or more employees to carry a concealed handgun on school grounds. This bill would be an answer for those opposed to an open-carry policy in K-12 education for all persons who feel obliged. Under Marshall’s bill, the National Rifle Association or the state would train the operator so they can be properly certified. Marshall’s last effort, in 2013, at similar legislation fell short. HB 1469 stands in the House Education Committee.
HR 268 (Del. Ben Cline, R-Amherst) would declare Jan. 22 a day for Virginians to commemorate terminated pregnancies, a hit to the increasingly pro-abortion state. A news conference with Cline and others was held on Thursday, including Ken Adams, leader of the Day of Tears organization. Adams said the date was selected based on the Supreme Court’s ruling of Roe v. Wade in 1973. HR 268 stands before the House Rules Committee.
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring (D) and others were in Sterling, in northern Virginia, Friday for the announcement of an anti-hate crime initiative. Herring endorsed legislation aimed to investigate and prosecute persons suspected of hate crimes through a broad network of Virginia grand juries, and expand the definition of hate crimes in the state to cover gender identity and sexual orientation based offense. HB 1779 (Del. Kenneth Plum, D-Reston) introduced legislation which currently stands in the Criminal Law subcommittee. You can visit the state’s webpage here.
Mark Peake (R), Lynchburg, Va. attorney, is now officially delegate for the state’s 22nd District. Jennifer McClellan, D-Richmond, also was sworn in on Friday for the 71st senate delegation, after both won their special elections Tuesday. McClellan officially resigned form the house Friday at 10:30 a.m.
Meanwhile, you can watch the General Assembly’s House of Delegates on demand, each day, here. No need to wake up at 10 a.m. and watch the feed.