This year’s General Assembly session saw one highly partisan bill after another pass both Republican-controlled chambers, with little or no apparent interest in seeking input from Democrats.
This left Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) to wield his veto pen to strike down such extreme bills as one that would shield from civil liability those who would actively discriminate against same-sex couples, and another that would legalize the carrying of concealed switchblade knives.
Del. Rip Sullivan (D-48) said “We are running a hundred different elections,” when he addressed the “We of Action Virginia” group on Monday, April 3 at the Lyon Park Community Center. He said the Democratic party is trying to think out of the box. “We have candidates in deep red parts of the state. We want to support them.”
Please find below Delegate Rip Sullivan's wrap-up newsletter for the 2017 session of the General Assembly:
Commonwealth of Virginia
Office of Governor Terry McAuliffe
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: April 10, 2017
Office of the Governor
Contact: Brian Coy
MANHATTAN—Prosecutors Against Gun Violence (PAGV), members of American State Legislators for Gun Violence Prevention (ASLGVP), and the Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence have convened here in a national summit on gun violence prevention.
At the conclusion of the summit on Tuesday, April 4th, prosecutors, state legislators, and police will formally announce a multi-state effort to enact state legislation in two key areas: