The State Senate passed multiple bills, including a right to work amendment, a bill restricting gun rights for subjects of an emergency protective order, and a bill that would allow home-schooled children to play sports in public schools.
The nonpartisan redistricting advocacy group One Virginia 2021 is challenging 11 state legislative districts held by members of both parties, saying the boundaries are not compact and contiguous as required by the state constitution.
A separate motion from House Republicans to stay the case pending the outcome of a separate challenge to Virginia’s house districts was also denied.
The trial is expected to proceed in late summer or early fall.
Several bills that would have taken some of the politics out of redistricting were rolled together and killed Tuesday (2/2) in a House subcommittee.
House Privileges and Elections Chair, Republican Mark Cole of Spotsylvania says the bills were premature, as the General Assembly is not scheduled to redraw it’s districts again for 5 years.
Brian Cannon, Spokesman for the non-partisan redistricting advocacy group One Virginia 2021 says it’s easier to set the rules fairly now, when the future partisan make up of both chambers is unknown.
Lt. Governor Northam casts the tie-breaking vote to defeat the constitutional carry bill in the Senate.
Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam cast a tie-breaking vote in the Senate Monday (2/1) to defeat a bill that would have eliminated the permit requirement for concealed handguns.
Openly carrying a firearm without a permit is legal in Virginia.
The bill patroned by Republican Senator Dick Black of Loudon would have allowed gun owners to conceal carry without a permit.
Democratic Senator Chap Petersen of Fairfax says requiring people to register for concealed carry keeps them accountable.