A GOP legislator’s unexpected proposal to help police track down gun thieves and dealers in stolen weapons is drawing interest from across Richmond’s Capitol Square.
Del. David Yancey, R-Newport News, thinks a state version of the long-standing federal practice of cutting convicts’ time if they help bring other criminals to justice could cut the flow of stolen guns — which are often used in shootings in Newport News and other cities.
As the Democratic governor and GOP legislators square off for a repeat of the usual gun legislation at next month’s post-Virginia Beach mass shooting special session, one Peninsula lawmaker wants to float an entirely new idea.
Del. David Yancey, R-Newport News, says that when he talks to police and prosecutors about guns, they tell him they need more tools to crack down on gun-theft rings and the black market in stolen firearms.
A mom’s story, and the words of women from across Newport News, could help break the traditional log jams that’ve blocked Virginia from ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment.
Del. David Yancey, R-Newport News, says he’s planning to speak up for the amendment before before the House Privileges and Elections Committee, one of the panels that have in years past blocked the ERA.
Del. David Yancey stood before a panel of his colleagues as they considered one of his bills.
The legislation aimed to tackle high-interest-rate open end lines of credit, which use a decades-old loophole in Virginia’s usury law originally intended to allow stores to offer charge cards. They charge triple-digit interest rates, and debt can balloon if borrowers only make their basic monthly payments.
When the 94th House District Race ended in a tie and Del. David Yancey's name was pulled out of a bowl, making him the winner, there were questions as to what was next.
Could Democrat Shelly Simonds ask for another recount? Many guessed so, but because the event was so rare, almost no one had straight answers and the code was unclear.
Nobody really knew what could happen next after state election officials drew Del. David Yancey’s name from a bowl to settle the election in Newport News’ 94th House District.
But legislation introduced by Del. Marcus Simon, D-Falls Church, would make it clear the next time such a once-in-lifetime recount ends up with a tie.
To Del. Kathleen Murphy, D-McLean, Shelly Simonds was the rightful winner of the 94th District House of Delegates race when she apparently won a recount by a single vote on Dec. 18.
But on the first day of the legislative session, all the events since Dec. 18 — a court ruling that tied the race, a legal challenge and a tiebreaker that called Del. David Yancey the winner — didn’t matter.
Virginia's politicos wonder: Will she? Won't she? That is, will Shelly Simonds ask for a recount?
Stuck by some lines in a recent message to his district voters from Democratic House Leader David Toscano, D-Charlottesville, that said “it appears that the partisan composition in the House will stand at 49 Democrats and 51 Republicans” and a reference to “dedicated candidates such as … Shelly Simonds, who came so close,” Shad Plank wondered if the answer was no.
Republican Del. David Yancey won the tiebreaker drawing in the 94th District race.
Yancey’s name was chosen at a special State Board of Elections meeting. It broke the 11,608-vote tie for the Newport News-area seat and keeps a Republican majority in the House of Delegates.
Republican Del. David E. Yancey won a random drawing Thursday to break a tie in a critical House of Delegates election, putting Republicans on track to keep a 51-49 majority and avoid a power-sharing deal with Democrats.
In front of a packed room at the Capitol and a live TV audience via C-SPAN, State Board of Elections Chairman James Alcorn drew a film canister from a bowl and pulled out a strip of paper with Yancey’s name on it.