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.
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.