A divided state Senate narrowly passed legislation on Monday to prevent localities from removing Civil War monuments, state entities from restricting firearms, and prosecutors from charging people with brandishing a firearm unless they had clear intent to frighten or harm others.
The Virginia General Assembly is moving forward with its attempt to revamp and revise state regulations on Virginia proffer guidelines.
Bills have advanced through both the House and Senate addressing the issue, while many local leaders have expressed concerns regarding the legislation.
Republican Del. Hyland F. “Buddy” Fowler Jr.’s opponent in his first re-election bid is Democrat Toni Radler, a former communications director who battled Fowler in the Hanover County-anchored 55th District two years ago.
Fowler, a retired businessman who served as an aide to the district’s two prior delegates, won that race with almost 57 percent of the vote. Radler hopes 2015 will be different because Fowler now has a record in office.
As he runs for re-election for the first time, Republican Del. Hyland F. “Buddy” Fowler Jr. is squaring off with Democrat Toni Radler, a former communications director who battled Fowler in the Hanover County-anchored 55th District two years ago.
Fowler, a retired businessman who served as an aide to the district’s two prior delegates, won that race with almost 57 percent of the vote. Radler hopes 2015 will be different due to a new factor: Fowler now has a record in office.
Election Day is not far away.
As a result, the two candidates in the 55th District Virginia House of Delegates race are gearing up for it.
The two individuals vying for the seat aired their views on a variety of issues during a Sept. 22 forum sponsored by the Patrick Henry Tea Party, and about 60 residents gathered in the Beaverdam American Legion Post 90 building to hear them.
Amid the civil unrest in Baltimore over the death of a black man in police custody, a Virginia lawmaker from Hanover County ignited controversy Tuesday by posting a photo of a snarling police dog on Facebook and adding a suggestion.
“I wonder if a few of these would help bring calm to Baltimore?” Del. Hyland F. “Buddy” Fowler Jr., R-Hanover, said in the comment he posted with the Facebook photo.
Toni Radler, an executive committee member of the Hanover Democratic Committee and a longtime Hanover resident, has announced her bid for the 55th District of the Virginia House of Delegates. Radler, who grew up in Ashland, also ran in 2013 for the same seat, then vacated by Del. John A. Cox, R-Hanover, who retired after two terms. Incumbent Del. Hyland F. “Buddy” Fowler Jr., R-Hanover, defeated Radler by about 5,000 votes.
A bill advanced Wednesday to help felons seeking to regain their right to carry a gun.
Right now, a felon must petition the court where he or she lives for restoration of that right, said HB1666's patron, Del. Buddy Fowler, R-Hanover. If the person has moved out of state, they have no remedy, he added.
When legislators return for a shorter General Assembly session next week, they will be faced with figuring out how to fill the gaps in the state’s 2016 budget shortfalls.
Because of that, State Sen. Walter Stosch (R- 12th District) said he will “limit the bills” he’ll be filing this session budget. Stosch, who is on the finance committee, said one of his main priorities is passing a balanced budget for his constituents and the state.
“[We plan] to try to do everything we can,” he said.
Republicans swept all but one of the Fredericksburg region’s House of Delegates races Tuesday.
In an apparent upset, incumbent Republican Del. Mark Dudenhefer lost his 2nd District seat to Democrat Michael Futrell.