Sensible Gun Legislation, What Can We Do?
After last week's school shooting in Parkland, Florida, I received numerous email from you, urging me and my colleagues to tackle the issue of gun violence. I heard your pleas and reflected your heartbreak. Yet, I had to announce that the House of Delegate proposed several pieces of sensible gun legislation, which were all defeated in committee. My colleagues and I tried our hardest to gain support for these pieces of legislation, but the ideology that guns aren't the issue prevailed.
When it comes to this issue, the schism within the House of Delegates is not hard to see. We have rooted ourselves in our beliefs and have not found common ground. This is unacceptable.
Some residents of the Commonwealth have urged House members to fight and push back against those who resist gun regulations, regardless of consequences. I am asking my House colleagues to take a collegial approach. With the current makeup of ideological differences on this issue, we will not be successful by placing blame on others. Rather, we need to find a common ground and build on it. Though it is too late to pass any more legislation during the 2018 regular General Assembly Session, we can start conversations now that can result in productive and effective legislation in the future.
Please do not stop your great advocacy. I committed to working with you until we find solutions.
Headed to the Governor's Desk
Yesterday, my second piece of legislation passed out of the Senate and is headed to the Governor's Desk to be signed into law. House Bill 1293 is a piece of legislation which addresses the multi-million dollar issue of worker misclassification in the Commonwealth while also addressing the act of unlawful businesses undercutting their lawful counterparts in the bidding process for jobs and contracts.
HB1293 increases the penalty charged to unlawful business owners who fail to file tax and wage information with the Virginia Employment Commission from $75 to $100. This fee increase will bring an additional $1 million to the Commonwealth’s Virginia Employment Commission.
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