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VaNews for 2019 House of Delegates - District 53 - Regular General

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). 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.

VaNews September 27, 2019

Local delegates prep priorities as Richmond session nears

By BRIAN TROMPETER, Inside NOVA (Metered Paywall)

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.

VaNews January 1, 2019

Bills to legalize sports wagering on the table for Virginia's General Assembly

By MATTHEW BARAKAT, Associated Press

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.

VaNews December 27, 2018