Tag: Senate Bill

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ACLU praises veto of National Guard chaplain bill

Today, the General Assembly voted to sustain Governor McAuliffe’s veto of Senate Bill 555. Senate Bill 555 would have allowed National Guard chaplains to proselytize to unwilling service members.


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ACLU praises Senate veto of school prayer bill

Today, the General Assembly voted to sustain Governor McAuliffe’s veto of Senate Bill 236, a bill that could have compromised the religious freedom of public school students.


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Emmett Hanger honored by Sierra Club for work on climate, energy policy

The Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club will recognize nine Legislative Leaders who have distinguished themselves in the 2014 General Assembly Session as patrons of environmental bills.


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ACLU applauds governor’s veto of school prayer bill

Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoed a bill that would have compelled schools to sponsor student prayer at official school events where students (and other members of the school community) are a captive audience, such as graduations, assemblies, and sporting events.


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ACLU applauds Gov. McAuliffe’s veto of SB 555

The ACLU of Virginia applauds Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s veto of Senate Bill 555, which would have allowed National Guard chaplains to proselytize to unwilling service members.


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ACLU: Gov. McAuliffe further entrenches discrimination into Virginia law

Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed Senate Bill 330 into law on Thursday to license genetic counselors that includes a so-called “conscience clause” that will allow these state-licensed healthcare professionals to refuse service to patients based on the counselors’ “deeply held moral or religious beliefs.”


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ACLU asks Gov. Terry McAuliffe to protect bills that might threaten religious freedom

The ACLU of Virginia has sent letters urging Gov. Terry McAuliffe to veto Senate Bill 236, Senate Bill 330, and Senate Bill 555. Senate Bill 236 and Senate Bill 555 will allow the government to promote one religion over another, and Senate Bill 330 will license the use of religion to discriminate.


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Mark Obenshain: Legislative victories

Tomorrow, the General Assembly will adjourn—and, thanks to Obamacare, it will adjourn without adopting a budget. More on that in a few days. For now, I want to tell you about some important legislation I was able to get through this year on issues like human trafficking, synthetic drugs, and property rights.


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ACLU urges veto of Senate Bill 855 regarding National Guard chaplains, prayer

The ACLU of Virginia has sent a letter urging Gov. Terry McAuliffe to veto Senate Bill 555. The bill severely undermines the religious freedom of rank and file National Guard members by permitting military chaplains, acting as government agents, to push their personal religious beliefs during official National Guard events.


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Teen drivers can still talk on cell phones with impunity: Senate bill dies

Teen drivers, who illegally talk on a cell phone behind the wheel, will be able to continue to do so for at least another year, without any fear of being stopped and ticketed by police.


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Senate passes puppy mill bill, “Bailey’s Law”

On Thursday, the Virginia Senate unanimously passed SB 228, “Bailey’s Law,” the puppy mill bill patroned by Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax), one of the top legislative priorities for the Humane Society of the United States.


Gov. McAuliffe announces proposed state budget amendments

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced his proposed amendments to the current budget and the upcoming biennial budget today at a press conference in Richmond.


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Politics Beat: No free speech for Virginia legislators?

Republicans are falling all over themselves to protect the free speech rights of “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson. But if a Senate Democrat dares to say anything that a Republican considers to be out of line, well, no free speech for Democrats. “I’m not targeting anybody. I’m targeting behavior,” said State Sen. Tom Garrett, R-Louisa.