NewsSaturday, February 18, 2017 10:40 PM
Before launching into a general session overview, I'll mention that today I filed the Campus Free Speech Resolution. Following similar efforts around the Country, this targets the taxpayer-funded universities in Virginia, who instead of being champions of free speech are creating "safe spaces" and idea-free zones staffed by thought police, where disagreement is prohibited on campuses. While safe spaces have become the stuff of Saturday Night Live skits, the truth is this kind of challenge to campus free speech is now widespread. Surveys show that student support for restrictive speech codes and campus bans on controversial speakers is at historic heights.
Saturday, February 11, 2017 11:32 AM
This week marked the official halfway point of the 2017 Session, also known as "Crossover." For the remainder of this session, the House will consider legislation passed in the Senate and accept or reject Senate amendments to House bills. Additionally, the House formally passed our version of the budget bill this week.
Several pieces of legislation which I introduced are also making their way through various Senate Committees....
Friday, February 3, 2017 6:05 PM
I have been so extremely busy presenting bills, budget amendments, attending committee meetings, and voting on various bills in the House, it has been hard to find time to put this message together.
Thursday, January 26, 2017 11:32 PM
It is no surprise AG Herring is overlooking substantial arguments supporting the constitutionality of such laws, instead relying only on the mistaken assumption that a court would only look at the viability rule created in the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. There is significant evidence that the Supreme Court may agree the viability rule is extremely flawed, especially as applied to pain-capable laws, or they could choose to abandon the viability rule altogether.
Sunday, January 15, 2017 12:19 AM
The 2017 General Assembly Session has officially begun! This year will be a short session (46 days) as our primary responsibility is to make adjustments to our biennial budget. However, we are still putting forth legislative proposals aimed at creating jobs, improving healthcare costs, creating more educational opportunities, and protecting the rights of the people of Virginia.