General Assembly

State Accepting Comments on Concealed Carry Ban

Aug 31, 2016
Steve Helber / AP

Last October, Virginia’s Governor used executive action to ban concealed-carry in state offices. There was an immediate backlash from many pro-gun advocates, and Wednesday in Richmond they got the chance to speak out.

State employees aren’t allowed to carry firearms into work, but the Governor’s order extended that prohibition to everyone else, including concealed carry permit holders.

Governor Releases Data on Felons Who Can Vote

May 11, 2016
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Virginia’s Governor has received plenty of backlash for restoring voting rights to felons.  Fighting back, Terry McAuliffe is releasing data, revealing more about who the affected felons are. 

According to an analysis sent out by the Governor’s office, 20-percent of the felons affected by his order were convicted of violent crimes.

Ethics Questions: Reconsidering the Rules on Gifts

Apr 25, 2016
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The old saying goes there’s no such thing as a free lunch. But what about elected officials? Should they have to track the value of every meal they are given? 

The case against former Governor Bob McDonnell was that he took things in exchange for official actions, a prosecution that will be heard before the United States Supreme Court this week. That’s why Carl Tobias at the University of Richmond Law School says tightening up on rules about gifts no-brainer.

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Many of Virginia’s lawmakers own significant stock in some of the companies that do business with the state including Dominion Power and Altria.

Even as former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell waits for the Supreme Court to hear his appeal in a bribery conviction, lawmakers in Richmond are trying to chip away at new ethics rules created in the wake of that scandal. But current Governor Terry McAuliffe is proposing amendments.