No member of the Democratic minority is as politically combative as Del. Marcus Simon (D-53). During the last General Assembly session, for example, Simon made a parliamentary inquiry about whether a Republican member who was facing domestic violence charges should be voting on changes to the code outlining assault and battery. Republicans were furious, and the speaker quickly dispatched his inquiry then systematically delayed every Democratic bill on the docket for the rest of the day.
Delegate Marcus Simon is a Democrat from Fairfax County. He says all that new 3D printing technology could be used to sneak guns through security lines at airports or courthouses. That’s why he wants to create new criminal penalties to manufacture, import, sell, transfer or possess undetectable firearms.
They’re limited to just 15 bills each in the 2019 General Assembly, but state delegates from the local area still plan to advance a wide array of bills on gun safety, gubernatorial succession, solar power and voting rights.
If he were laying odds, state Sen. Chap Petersen would like the chances that Virginia's General Assembly will legalize sports gambling.
"I've talked to a couple people who are not crazy about it, starting with my mother," said Petersen, a Fairfax Democrat. "But I don't think the moral stigma is all that much anymore."
Petersen and fellow northern Virginia Democrats Mark Sickles and Marcus Simon are advancing three different bills that would allow Virginia to offer sports wagering.
In normal times, a symbolic resolution commending the Federal Bureau of Investigation might pass the Virginia House of Delegates without a whiff of controversy. These are not normal times.
On the same day that President Donald Trump fired off new Twitter attacks against the “Criminal Deep State,” Del. Marcus Simon, D-Fairfax, filed a House resolution commending the FBI for 110 years of service.
Thanks to election victories last fall that put Democrats within one seat of parity in the House of Delegates, this year’s General Assembly session was more pleasing and productive than recent ones, members of the all-Democratic local legislative delegation said.
Two state Senate members and four from the House of Delegates regaled Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce members April 5 with tales – both cautionary and uplifting – from the 2018 session.
Virginians are likely to see a handful of new specialty license plates this summer, including one supporting an end to gun violence.
Del. Marcus Simon, D-Fairfax, sponsored the bill authorizing the plate with the legend “Stop Gun Violence.” House Bill 287, which bounced between the House and Senate before legislators reached an agreement, is waiting for Gov. Ralph Northam’s signature.
Republican leaders in the Virginia House of Delegates are creating a select committee to study school safety, a rare step that comes as lawmakers around the country face pressure to take action to prevent mass shootings.
For weeks, House Democrats have urged House Speaker Kirk Cox, R-Colonial Heights, to revive several gun control bills in response to last month’s school shooting in Parkland, Fla., that left 17 people dead. But the Republican majority has argued there was not enough time left in the session to take up such an emotional and complex issue.
Amid pressure to respond to last month’s school massacre in Florida, the Republican leader of Virginia’s House announced on Thursday the creation of a special committee that will focus on beefing up K-12 security but steer clear of gun issues.
When lawmakers arrived in Richmond last month, Democrats were hopeful that they would be able to use their new numbers to gain some traction on the gun debate. Now that the session is half over and the nation is reeling from yet another mass shooting, very little of their agenda has been accomplished at the Capitol.