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CHALLENGING THE TROUBLEMAKER

By MICHAEL LEE POPE, Connection Newspapers

No member of the Democratic minority is as politically combative as Del. Marcus Simon (D-53)... Simon’s independent challenger says he shares most of the same policy positions and ideology as his opponent. But, if elected, he says he would take a less confrontational tone.

VaNews September 13, 2017



LOCAL LEGISLATORS DETAIL SUCCESSES, FAILURES IN RICHMOND

By BRIAN TROMPETER, Sun Gazette

Outnumbered slightly in the state Senate and big-time in the House of Delegates, local Democrats serving in the General Assembly have had to live by an old adage: You can get a lot done if you don’t care who gets credit. Del. Marcus Simon (D-53rd), who did not get any bills passed under his name in this year’s session except for honorary resolutions that members usually approve without demur, had other lawmakers carry some of his legislation to passage.

VaNews March 14, 2017



BILL AIMS TO ALLOW NONVIOLENT FELONS TO OWN CIVIL WAR-ERA GUNS

By GRAHAM MOOMAW, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

As gun rights bills go, this one was tailored to a particularly niche constituency: Virginians who want to carry antique, muzzle-loading firearms but can’t because of a nonviolent felony conviction. Legislation to fix that problem has easily cleared the General Assembly, but only after a brief detour Tuesday in the House of Delegates when Del. Marcus B. Simon, D-Fairfax, decided to needle the GOP majority.

VaNews February 15, 2017



ROANOKE LONG-GUN OPEN CARRY BAN FAILS IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY

By CARMEN FORMAN, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

In a matter of two days, the Roanoke City Council’s goals of keeping firearms and ammunition out of council meetings and banning the open carrying of some long guns within city limits have both failed in the General Assembly. A bill from Del. Marcus Simon, D-Fairfax, to add Roanoke to a list of 13 Virginia localities that prohibit the open carrying of some loaded semiautomatic rifles or pistols with magazines that hold more than 20 rounds and high-capacity shotguns met a quick end in a General Assembly subcommittee Thursday.

VaNews January 20, 2017



FAIRFAX DELEGATE CHAMPIONS ROANOKE'S EFFORT TO GET ADDED TO LONG-GUN BAN

By CARMEN FORMAN , News & Advance (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

A Northern Virginia legislator has carried Roanoke’s fight against the open carry of loaded long guns to the General Assembly. Del. Marcus Simon, D-Fairfax, introduced legislation to add Roanoke to a list of 13 cities and counties, mostly in Northern Virginia, that already restrict the open carrying in public places of loaded semiautomatic rifles or pistols with magazines that hold more than 20 rounds or high-capacity shotguns.

VaNews January 16, 2017



VIRGINIA DEMOCRATIC DELEGATES TO SEEK NEW STUDENT LOAN AUTHORITY

By KARIN KAPSIDELIS, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

The state House Democratic Caucus is backing a plan to get the state back into the business of making student loans. Dels. Marcus B. Simon of Fairfax and Marcia S. Price of Newport News said Monday that they will propose legislation to revive the Virginia Education Loan Authority, which was shut down in the mid-1990s after providing student loans for two decades.

VaNews January 10, 2017



HOUSE VOTES TO UNDO MCAULIFFE'S BAN ON GUNS IN STATE BUILDINGS

By GRAHAM MOOMAW, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

The Virginia House of Delegates voted 63-35 Thursday to prevent state agencies from banning guns in government buildings, a move aimed at reversing Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s executive order last year that prohibited firearms in most state office buildings. McAuliffe will veto the legislation, House Bill 1096, if it reaches the governor’s desk, but its passage shows Republicans were willing to follow through on their opposition to the order he signed last October.

VaNews February 12, 2016



VA. HOUSE DECLINES CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM

By ALAN SUDERMAN, Associated Press

A House committee has punted on a proposal to limit the personal use of campaign funds by Virginia politicians, a top ethics priority this legislative session of Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe. The GOP-controlled panel voted Thursday to put off until next year a vote on legislation barring the politicians from using campaign funds for personal benefit with a promise to study the issue further.

VaNews February 5, 2016



HOUSE PANEL PUNTS ON BILL TO BAN PERSONAL USE OF CAMPAIGN FUNDS

By GRAHAM MOOMAW, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Legislation to ban the personal use of political campaign funds, an ethics proposal touted by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, is likely dead for the year after a House of Delegates subcommittee voted Thursday to put it off until 2017.

VaNews February 5, 2016



HOUSE PASSES BILL TO GRANT CONCEALED CARRY RIGHTS WITH RESTRAINING ORDERS

By GRAHAM MOOMAW, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

The Virginia House of Delegates passed a bill Wednesday that would grant concealed carry rights to any person who takes out a protective order and is able to legally possess a gun. Democrats argued the legislation could make people less safe by introducing more guns into potentially volatile domestic violence situations. Republicans pitched the bill as a way to empower victims, particularly women, who they said should not have to wait in line for a permit to be able to defend themselves in a crisis.

VaNews February 4, 2016