What would you say if I told you there was a proven way to reduce gun violence in our cities? A solution that doesn’t involve gun control, and could be entirely funded through existing surplus funds?
It’s not a pipe dream, but a strategy called Operation Ceasefire. It’s real, it works, and last week, I introduced legislation that would begin the process of bringing this proven, life-saving approach to Virginia.
Nobody who’s sat late into the night listening to Del. Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah County, chew over issues before his criminal justice subcommittee will be surprised at the news that he likes to delve deep into issues. Now, the staunch 2nd Amendment rights defender and law-and-order politician’s research on gun violence prevention has led him to a 22-year-old Boston Police program that years of academic research suggest really can do something about the number of teens and young adults who shoot one another.
Gilbert, the House Majority Leader, wants to launch it in Virginia.
A top Republican in the Virginia General Assembly has criticized Gov. Ralph Northam for using a recent mass-shooting to push for more gun restrictions.
A special session called by Northam to address gun violence in the state begins today. The Democratic governor called the General Assembly session in the weeks following a May 31 mass shooting incident in a Virginia Beach government building that left 13 people inside dead, including a city engineer.
Around the same time that Gov. Ralph Northam dedicated the month of May to conversations about criminal justice reform, he vetoed a bill that would have required minimum sentencing for people charged with domestic violence crimes for the second time. Dels. Kathleen Murphy, D-McLean, and Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah, co-sponsored a bill that would have required 60 days of jail time for someone who is convicted of an act of domestic violence within 10 years of being convicted of assault and battery against a family member.
Del. Todd Gilbert, majority leader in Virginia’s House of Delegates, could be facing an uphill battle as he tries to keep his fellow Republicans from expanding Medicaid in the state.
The Mount Jackson delegate met with more than two dozen GOP faithful during a monthly meeting at Wood Grill Buffet on Friday, less than a week before a special legislative session during which the House and Senate will try to hash out a budget deal that may or may not include expansion.
This weekend, 140 lawmakers returned home to their regular lives after 60 days of committee meetings, constitution lobby days, debate and floor sessions.
Unlike some states, Virginia relies on part-time citizen legislators who take a month or two out of their lives to serve.
On Jan. 3, by drawing one canister rather than another out of a blue and white ceramic bowl, State Board of Elections chairman James Alcorn set a course for the 2018 House of Delegates.
The drawing was to settle a hard-fought but tied election. The result returned Del. David Yancey, R-Newport News, to the House. It also left his challenger, Newport News School Board member Shelly Simonds, thinking about the parental leave measures, funding for school construction and, perhaps above all, Medicaid expansion she hoped to help enact as a new member of the House.
Three local legislators will be part of a historic committee charged with finding ways to make Virginia’s schools safer.
Dels. Steve Landes, R-Weyers Cave, Todd Gilbert, R-Mount Jackson, and Rob Bell, R-Albemarle, are among 22 members of the Virginia House of Delegates tapped to serve on a House Select Committee on School Safety. Speaker Kirk Cox, R-Colonial Heights, created the panel Thursday.
Virginians who want to crack open a beer or two while doing yardwork on a riding lawnmower came close to getting a green light from the General Assembly.
But drinking and getting behind the wheel in your own yard or driveway could still mean big legal trouble after a House of Delegates subcommittee voted down legislation to put private homes beyond the reach of the state’s drunken-driving laws.
A bitter partisan fight broke out on the floor of the Virginia House of Delegates on Friday after a Republican lawmaker suggested “the abortion industry” may be a factor in the rise of mass shootings and accused Democrats of being the historical party of slavery and Jim Crow.
Del. Nick Freitas, R-Culpeper — running in a GOP primary for U.S. Senate as the most mainstream-friendly challenger to U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va. — stunned Democrats with an explosive speech pushing back against the minority party’s calls for stronger gun-control laws in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Fla.