Judge Roush's appointment to the Supreme Court of Virginia remains under contention in the General Assembly, and bills are reaching the deadline to cross between Houses.
On Wednesday (2/10) Republican Delegate Jackson Miller of Manassas spent over 15 minutes describing in graphic detail the violent murders of the Harvey and Tucker families while making the case for his bill to expand the use of the electric chair in Virginia.
Ricky Gray is scheduled to be put to death on March 16th for the 2006 murders, but the Commonwealth currently doesn’t have the drugs to perform the execution. Delegate Miller’s bill would make the electric chair the default method of execution if lethal injection drugs are unavailable.
The state Senate will debate a religious freedom bill.
After Virginia’s 4th Congressional District was significantly redrawn by a federal three judge panel, Congressman Randy Forbes announced Monday (2/8) via a press conference broadcast on Facebook that he will relocate to the 2nd District.
Forbes says he’s best situated to defend Virginia’s military interest as chair of the subcommittee that writes the budget of the Navy, the Marine Corp and a large portion of the Air Force.
Were he to lose his seat he says his chairmanship could go to a congressman from another state who would not have Virginia’s best interest at heart.
Amid heavy lobbies on both sides, the General Assembly is working to reform the Certificates Of Public Need process.