The only gun-control bill to get through Virginia’s Senate this session has to do with closing a loophole for youth with mental illness.
In 2016, there were more than 1100 suicides in Virginia, according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control). That’s more than twice the number of homicides. The most recent data from Virginia’s Chief Medical Examiner finds more than 50% of suicides involve a gun.
On a 38-2 vote the Senate has approved legislation that would lessen the penalties for simple possession of marijuana on the first offense to a maximum fine of $500.
A bipartisan bill to mandate a break for lactating mothers has cleared a sub-panel of the House Commerce and Labor Committee.