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Gun Debate Again Takes Center Stage at Capitol for MLK Day

Thousands of citizen advocates off from work for Martin Luther King Day came to the Capitol to lobby their representatives for various issues. As always, two of the largest groups came to share their views on opposite ends of the gun debate. 

Two competing rallies were held today (Jan. 19), one protesting acts of gun violence and calling for additional rule and another for those who oppose further regulations on gun ownership.

Legislature to Consider Changes to Campus Sexual Assault Policy

On Friday, the House Courts of Justice and Education Committees heard presentations on campus sexual assault policy as lawmakers prepare to address the issue following a string of high profile incidents.

Republican Delegate Rob Bell of Albemarle has introduced a bill that would create a mandatory requirement for any campus administrator or faculty member who discovers evidence of a violent offense on campus to report it to local law enforcement immediately.

In-State Tuition Ban For Undocumented Immigrants Passes Senate Committee

The state Senate Education and Health Committee has passed a bill on an 8-7 party line vote that would deny in state tuition for undocumented immigrants with Deferred Action Status.

Attorney General Mark Herring issued an opinion last April that existing state and federal law allows those with certain types of temporary status to establish domicile in Virginia and collect in-state tuition, like any other student.

The bill’s patron, Republican Senator Dick Black of Loudon, says that subjects Virginia to unforeseen problems.  

Morrissey Removed From Committees

Speaker of the House Bill Howell has removed embattled Democratic-turned-independent Delegate Joe Morrissey from all of his committee assignments and says further disciplinary action will come soon.

Morrissey was sworn into office again Wednesday, now as an independent. He was shut out by his party following his conviction last month of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Speaker Howell said Morrissey’s actions required consequences.

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