Ruth Winters was hopeful when she met with Sen. Tommy Norment a few weeks after the Virginia Beach mass shooting.
As founder of the Peninsula chapter of Moms Demand Action, Winters was surprised she got a meeting in the first place — it was the first time to her knowledge the Republican Senate majority leader from James City County had agreed to meet with her organization. And she was even more surprised Tuesday when she arrived in Richmond and heard Norment wanted to ban guns in all government buildings.
Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment, R-James City, has filed a bill for Tuesday’s special session of the General Assembly that would ban anyone from bringing a gun into a local government building, a measure that goes further than what Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam has proposed.
Norment, however, has a history of pushing certain votes in an attempt to embarrass Democrats.
A powerful Republican lawmaker has opened the door to one type of gun restriction as lawmakers and interest groups converge Tuesday on the State Capitol for a special legislative session on gun control.
Sen. Thomas K. Norment Jr. (R-James City), the chamber’s majority leader, proposed a bill that would ban firearms from local government buildings around the state and make any violation a felony. State law now bans guns only in courthouses, and violation is a misdemeanor.
n a move that is at odds with the majority of his own party, Republican Sen. Tommy Norment says he wants to ban guns in all local government buildings.
The majority leader from James City County filed the bill Monday ahead of Tuesday’s special session of the legislature convened by Gov. Ralph Northam to take up gun safety measures in the wake of the mass shooting in a Virginia Beach municipal building.
Three days after a gunman fatally shot 12 people in Virginia Beach, State Sen. Majority Leader Tommy Norment said he expects the General Assembly to consider bills to limit the sales of extended magazines.
Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment of James City and Del. Chris Peace of Hanover are Republicans who had something in common before they didn’t: Both were Democrats.
In 1978, Norment supported Hunter Andrews for the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination. Andrews lost, but returned to the Virginia Senate, becoming the high-handed power broker on whom Norment patterned his own career.
A Senate panel cast a surprise vote on Monday for a bill to gradually increase Virginia’s minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $15 per hour by 2021, as two senior Republicans backed the measure sponsored by Sen. Rosalyn Dance, D-Petersburg.
Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment, R-James City County, and Sen. Frank Wagner, R-Virginia Beach, joined Dance and three other Democrats in the 6-4 vote
The week before a Virginia governor presents a budget to the General Assembly money committees, it’s pretty typical that big guy hits the road to announce spending plans — especially popular ones.
And money committee members are usually pretty tight-lipped in response.
What’s an elected official to do, in an election year, when there’s a possibility that sitting on his or her hands could mean an additional $1.2 billion to spend?
Here’s a hint from Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment Jr., R-James City County:
“I can tell you, for Senate and House Republicans, there’s going to be talk about tax relief.”
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which usually forswears endorsing candidates in primary races, this year is breaking with that tradition, giving its nod to 24 hopefuls, including Norfolk business owner Elaine Luria in the 2nd Congressional District.
Luria hopes to unseat freshman Rep. Scott Taylor, R-Virginia Beach.