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Gay couple's surrogacy ordeal unites Va. partisans

February 27, 2019News Clip

Jay Timmons, his husband, Rick Olson, and their 3-year-old son, Jacob — born with the help of a surrogate — are not the typical nuclear family celebrated by Virginia Republicans, particularly by the conservative base.

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LGBTQ advocates dismayed but undaunted by legislative losses

February 26, 2019News Clip

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The General Assembly's 2019 session was a disappointment for LGBTQ advocates as most legislation on health care, marriage and legal protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity failed. But activists are not giving up.

"I would encourage people not to be discouraged because we are going to be back next year," said Bill Harrison, president of Diversity Richmond, which supports cultural, health and other programs for the LGBTQ community.

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Jacob’s Law Passes General Assembly, Heads to Governor’s Desk

February 20, 2019Press Release

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February 20, 2019

 

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Jacob’s Law Passes General Assembly, Heads to Governor’s Desk

 

RICHMOND, Va. – Delegate Richard C. “Rip” Sullivan, Jr.’s HB1979, also known as Jacob’s Law, has successfully passed both the Virginia House of Delegates and the Senate.

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General Assembly lauds centennial of Arlington fire station

January 25, 2019News Clip

The General Assembly has approved a resolution celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of what began life as a volunteer fire company and eventually became Arlington Fire Station #8.

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Early voting could be coming to Virginia

January 16, 2019News Clip

RICHMOND, Va. - Early voting could be coming to Virginia if this Democratic lawmaker gets his way. 

The bill, proposed Tuesday by Democratic Del. Richard "Rip" Sullivan, would allow anyone qualified to vote to cast their ballot early without giving a reason or applying beforehand. 

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Northam calls for extreme risk protection orders in new push for gun safety legislation

January 7, 2019News Clip

Saying he hopes to find “middle ground” on guns, Gov. Ralph Northam said Friday that he’ll push for legislation that would let authorities temporarily take guns away from people who threaten to hurt others or themselves.

At a news conference in Richmond, Northam reiterated his support for several gun control measures, including universal background checks, an assault weapons ban and reinstatement of Virginia’s former one-handgun-a-month law.

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Sensing an opening, Virginia governor revives push for gun control

January 4, 2019News Clip

RICHMOND — Gov. Ralph Northam (D) is making an aggressive push to revive gun-control proposals that GOP lawmakers killed in last year’s General Assembly session, seizing what he senses to be Democratic momentum as the legislature convenes next week.

Flanked by fellow Democrats from the House of Delegates and state Senate, Northam rolled out a package of bills Friday that would require universal background checks for firearms purchases, ban assault weapons and resurrect individuals’ purchase limits to one handgun per month, among other proposals.

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Delegate Sullivan Introduces “Red Flag” Bill to Curb Gun Violence

January 4, 2019Press Release

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January 4, 2019

Media Contact:
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Delegate Sullivan Introduces “Red Flag” Bill to Curb Gun Violence

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A new idea about guns

December 26, 2018News Clip

Crossover day — the deadline for the House of Delegates to act on bills House members propose and for the state Senate to do the same for senators’ bright ideas — came this year the same day as the mass shooting at a Florida high school that killed 17 students and staff. And left unconsidered by the House Courts of Justice Committee by crossover day was Del. Rip Sullivan’s second attempt at a law that would allow judges to issue warrants that would allow police to search for and seize weapons of people found to pose a danger to themselves or others.

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‘Families are worried': Advocate for people with disabilities speaks with AG on hate crimes bills

December 5, 2018News Clip

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) -- After proposing a packet of bills to combat hate crimes and white supremacist groups, Virginia’s top prosecutor is holding a series of roundtables across the Commonwealth. 

“It’s important that our legislators hear it first hand,” Attorney General Mark Herring said. “We are all Virginians.”

Herring sat at the head of a table in the basement of Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church in Richmond on Tuesday. 

To his left was Jack Brandt, an advocate for people with disabilities. He has cerebral palsy and communicates with the help of Sanam Hashemi. 

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