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Statement of House Majority Leader Todd Gilbert on Results of EVMS Yearbook Investigation

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“Nearly four months after the photograph emerged, the onus remains on Governor Northam to deliver the answers he promised to the citizens he still seeks to serve.” Virginia House of Delegates Majority Leader Todd Gilbert issued the following statement Wednesday on the report from Eastern Virginia Medical School regarding the racist photo that appears on Governor Ralph Northam’s 1984 yearbook … Read More

Northam Blocks Opioid Bill Backed by AG Herring, Local Prosecutors

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 Hugo: “When we tried to take action to save lives, Governor Northam stood in the way”  For the third time in as many days, Democrat Governor Ralph Northam has vetoed bipartisan legislation designed to keep Virginians safe. Acting Thursday, Northam vetoed House Bill 2528, which would have allowed prosecutors to charge drug dealers with second degree murder if the drugs they … Read More

Majority Leader Gilbert: “Northam Chooses Political Rehab over Standing for the Victims of Abuse”

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Virginia Governor Ralph Northam this morning vetoed House Bill 2042. The bill, patroned by Del. Kathleen Murphy (D – Fairfax) and House Majority Leader Todd Gilbert (R – Shenandoah), was a bipartisan effort to protect survivors of repeat domestic abuse. On the same day, Governor Northam wrote an opinion piece in the Washington Post attempting to link his vetoes to … Read More

Sen. Sanders Joins VA House Democrats Calling for Prisoners to Vote

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Vermont Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders made news this week when he suggested that convicted felons still incarcerated should be allowed to vote — even those convicted of murder or terrorism. “Yes, even for terrible people, because once you start chipping away and you say, ‘Well, that guy committed a terrible crime, not going to let him vote. Well, that person … Read More

Statement of House Majority Leader Todd Gilbert on Terry McAuliffe’s Return

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Terry McAuliffe made it official last night: he’s forgoing a run for President in order to step in and raise money for Virginia Democrats. Democrats have good reason to call in outside help. Governor Ralph Northam, Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax, and Attorney General Mark Herring have all had their fundraising operations — traditionally a major source of funding for legislative … Read More

51 by 51: Protecting Student Athletes

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51 by 51 Protecting Student Athletes Participating in sporting activities is important for many students, but ensuring they participate in sports in a safe way must be a top priority. This year, legislation by Delegate Dickie Bell reinforces the symptoms and dangers of concussions to student-athletes and parents so they can watch out for signs that someone may have a … Read More

51 by 51: Virginia Independent Redistricting Commission

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51 by 51 Virginia Independent Redistricting Commission This year the Republican-led House of Delegates put forward a responsible and reasonable plan to allow all future redistricting plans to be handled by an independent commission, without taking the constitutional authority away from the General Assembly. If the current ongoing redistricting fight has taught us anything, it is that the plan developed … Read More

51 by 51: Tougher Penalties for Prostituting Children

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51 by 51 Tougher Penalties for Prostituting Children For the past several days we have highlighted legislation to fight human trafficking, including legislation to promote the human trafficking hotline and legislation creating the Virginia Prevention of Sex Trafficking Fund. The General Assembly passed many other pieces of legislation aimed at protecting our families. Legislation by Delegate Rob Bell, HB 2586, … Read More

51 by 51: Creating the Virginia Prevention of Sex Trafficking Fund

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51 by 51 Creating the Virginia Prevention of Sex Trafficking Fund Yesterday, we highlighted legislation to alert possible witnesses or victims of human trafficking to the availability of a means to report crimes or gain assistance. The General Assembly didn’t stop there in working to combat sex trafficking. Legislation by Delegate David Yancey creates a Virginia Prevention of Sex Trafficking Fund … Read More