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Virginia House Dems’ First Day Bills Return Power to People

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From the VA House Democratic Caucus:

House Dems’ First Day Bills Return Power to People

RICHMOND, Va. – House Democratic Leader David J. Toscano and Caucus Chair Charniele Herring were today joined by Delegates and Delegates-elect to roll out several pieces of legislation filed today, the first day that legislation for the 2018 session can be filed, that will transfer more power to the people of Virginia.

“These bills are the first of many we will introduce to transfer more power to the people of Virginia,” said House Democratic Leader David J. Toscano. “They are united by a theme of transparency and will set the tone as we work diligently this session for a more open government in Virginia. A transparent government gives citizens more tools to control their destiny and hold elected officials accountable. These bills are the first step to making that a reality.”

“We are thrilled to have our new members working alongside us as we fight for a more transparent Virginia,” said Caucus Chair Charniele Herring. “They are committed to returning power to the people of their districts and have hit the ground running after being elected almost two short weeks ago. We are excited to see the legislation they introduce this session and know that they will stand tall in the fight for a better Virginia.”

Delegate Marcus Simon and Delegate-elect Kelly Fowler are introducing a bill to ban the personal use of campaign funds.

Delegate Rip Sullivan and Delegate-elect Wendy Gooditis are introducing a bill on redistricting reform.

Delegate Mike Mullin and Delegate-elect Dawn Adams are introducing a bill to make the General District Court database a public record (it is currently only searchable by individual case).

Delegate Sam Rasoul and Delegate-elect Cheryl Turpin are introducing a bill to ban credit agencies from charging people for freezing their credit reports.

  • James McCarthy

    Gotta check the law. Va Code Sec 59.1-444 provides credit agencies may not charge identity theft victim to freeze credit report. Statute does provide a $10.00 charge for all others including this writer who froze two agency reports following the Equifax breach.