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Senate panel kills bill to put Bible class in Virginia schools

By JUSTIN MATTINGLY, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 25 articles a month)

A Richmond-area senator’s effort to offer students Bible classes in public schools has died. Sen. Amanda Chase, R-Chesterfield, proposed Senate Bill 132, which would have required the Virginia Board of Education to allow school districts to offer an elective class for high school students on the Old Testament and New Testament.

VaNews January 17, 2020

DC, Maryland, Virginia attorneys general join suit against food stamp limitations


Attorneys general in the region have joined a lawsuit filed by 14 states, D.C. and New York City against President Donald Trump’s administration in an effort to protect food stamp benefits for the unemployed. Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh joined his counterparts in D.C. and Virginia in filing the suit, which challenges the U.S. Agriculture Department change that will limit each jurisdiction’s ability to extend food stamp benefits beyond a three-month period for some adults.

VaNews January 17, 2020

Virginia Senate asked to lift church-service weapon ban

By BILL ATKINSON, Progress Index (Metered paywall - 10 articles a month)

The state Senate is being asked to repeal a 140-year-old ban on possessing weapons in a house of worship during a religious service unless there is sufficient reason to do so. Senate Bill 958 was introduced Tuesday at the General Assembly by state Sen. Amanda F. Chase, R-Chesterfield. It was assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is not expected to act favorably on it.

VaNews January 15, 2020

Virginia AG speaks at cannabis conference amid push for marijuana decriminalization


Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, who is pushing to decriminalize marijuana in the Commonwealth, spoke at the Virginia 2020 Cannabis Conference in Richmond Sunday. Herring said that he supports decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana, taking action to address past convictions and moving towards legal and regulated adult use.

VaNews January 13, 2020

Chase to serve on just one committee as Democrats stack panels

By JUSTIN MATTINGLY, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 25 articles a month)

A Chesterfield County state senator who left the chamber’s Republican caucus last year saw her committee powers diminished in assignments approved Wednesday. Sen. Amanda Chase, R-Chesterfield, will serve on just one committee — local government — for the next four years

VaNews January 9, 2020

Virginia attorney general reintroduces bills aimed at cracking down on hate crimes


Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring said Tuesday he will be reintroducing a set of bills in the upcoming 2020 legislative session aimed at strengthening hate crime statuses and punishments for hate crimes. For the fourth year in a row, Herring said, he will introduce legislation which will update hate crime laws and domestic terrorism laws, and strengthen gun control across the state.

VaNews January 9, 2020

2nd Amendment sanctuary resolutions have “no legal effect,” Virginia attorney general says

By MARIE ALBIGES, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 1 article a month)

Virginia’s top law-enforcement officer says the resolutions local governments have been passing to declare themselves exempt from proposed gun safety laws have no standing. Attorney General Mark Herring, a Democrat, issued an opinion Friday saying the Second Amendment Sanctuary resolutions have “no legal effect,”

VaNews December 23, 2019

Attorney General Mark Herring, in advisory opinion, says Second Amendment resolutions have 'no legal effect'

By AMY FRIEDENBERGER, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 18 articles a month)

The resolutions local governments have passed in more than 100 localities declaring themselves Second Amendment sanctuaries have “no legal effect,” Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring wrote in an advisory opinion. Herring, a Democrat, said Friday the localities and local constitutional officers “cannot nullify state laws” and must follow the gun laws passed by the General Assembly.

VaNews December 23, 2019

Va. AG: Second Amendment ‘sanctuary’ resolutions ‘have no legal effect’

By TIM DODSON, Bristol Herald Courier (Metered Paywall - 15 articles a month)

After dozens of Virginia localities — including several in Southwest Virginia — declared themselves Second Amendment “sanctuaries” in recent weeks, Attorney General Mark Herring issued an advisory opinion that the resolutions “have no legal effect.” Citing requirements in the Virginia Constitution and state code for local governments to follow state law, Herring wrote in his four-page opinion that “these resolutions neither have the force of law nor authorize localities or local constitutional officials to refuse to follow or decline to enforce gun violence prevention measures enacted by the General Assembly.”

VaNews December 23, 2019

In sign of changing attitudes, Va. attorney general hosts 'cannabis summit'

By PATRICK WILSON, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 25 articles a month)

This would not have happened a few years ago, but on Wednesday the Virginia attorney general hosted a “cannabis summit” in Richmond as Virginia moves closer toward joining other states in liberalizing marijuana law. Herring, who announced a year ago that he plans to run for governor in 2021, said he called experts to Richmond so lawmakers could hear from other states about how they’ve handled reform of marijuana prohibition laws.

VaNews December 12, 2019