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Statement of House and Senate Republican Leaders on Inspector General’s Report on Parole Board Misconduct

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House Republican Leader C. Todd Gilbert (R-Shenandoah), Senate Republican Leader Thomas K. Norment, Jr. (R-James City), and Senator Mark D. Obenshain (R-Rockingham) today issued the following statement regarding the Office of State Inspector General’s report on Parole Board misconduct: “We have finally received the Office of State Inspector General report regarding the Virginia Parole Board’s handling of the parole Vincent … Read More

House Republican Leader Todd Gilbert Statement on OSIG Parole Board Report

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House Republican Leader Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah, issued the following statement: “Today, I learned that the Office of State Inspector General has completed its report on a complaint filed regarding the Parole Board. According to published reports, the office was investigating claims that the board had not followed the law regarding the release of prisoners, including Vincent Martin, who was convicted … Read More

House Republican Leader Todd Gilbert Statement on Capitol Historical Marker Removal

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House Republican Leader Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah, issued the following statement: “The Speaker’s statement reaffirming her commitment to telling the whole history of the Commonwealth is perplexing, given the fact that that the Lee statute in the old House chamber literally marks the spot where Lee accepted his general’s commission, setting off some of the most historic and tragic events in … Read More

House Republican Leader Todd Gilbert Statement on Mask Mandate Enforcement

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House Republican Leader Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah, issued the following statement: “When the Governor first issued his mask mandate in May, Virginians were assured that it was not up to businesses to enforce this rule. Today, the Governor has reversed course, telling businesses that ‘their licenses will be on the line’ if they do not enforce the mask mandate. This mandate … Read More

Republican Legislators Call on Governor Northam to Prioritize Five Days of In-School Learning this Fall

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With just 62 days until Labor Day, the unofficial start of the 2020-2021 school year for most students in Virginia, a group of Republican legislators in Virginia are calling on Governor Ralph Northam to prioritize in-school learning five days a week for all students in Virginia, and calling for legislative changes and state investments to support that goal.

House Republican Leadership Statement on School Reopening

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House Republican Leader Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah, Caucus Chair Kathy Byron, R-Bedford, and Caucus Whip Jay Leftwich, R-Chesapeake, issued the following statement: “Both the Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics have made it clear — the bigger risk for our students is keeping schools closed this fall. Governor Northam and his administration should immediately revise their guidance … Read More

House GOP Leader Gilbert Statement on Governor Northam’s Irresponsible School Flip-Flop

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House Republican Leader Todd Gilbert issued the following statement: “Any parent of a school-aged child in Virginia who saw today’s briefing by Governor Northam is probably livid right now, and they have every right to be. Earlier this month, the Governor rolled out a 100+ page ‘guidance’ document for the reopening of schools. Our local systems were mandated to comply … Read More

House GOP Leader Gilbert Statement on Governor’s Reversal on COVID-19 Nursing Home Information

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House Republican Leader Todd Gilbert issued the following statement: “I cannot fathom the reasoning behind the Governor’s announcement today. Families have sought this information — information they could use to protect their loved ones from a lethal threat — for months. Now, after the body count in nursing homes reaches 1,000, the Governor has reversed course. “If it is legal … Read More

House GOP Leader Gilbert: Governor Northam Should Follow the Data, Allow Phase 3 to Begin Friday

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House Republican Leader Todd Gilbert issued the following statement: “When Governor Northam laid out the criteria for reopening Virginia’s economy, he said the process would be led by science, data, and testing. Yet after two additional weeks of falling case numbers and a continual drop in the percentage positive of tests, Governor Northam called an audible yesterday and said Phase … Read More

House GOP Leader Gilbert Statement Juneteenth State Holiday Announcement

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House Republican Leader Todd Gilbert issued the following statement: “I am proud to add my support to proposed legislation marking June 19th, Juneteenth, as an official state holiday. July 4th is the birthday of our nation, but Juneteenth is the day where it truly began to fulfill its promise of freedom for all. For the first time since enslaved Africans … Read More