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Senator Dick Saslaw’s Richmond Report

The General Assembly reconvened for the Veto Session April 5. It is the legislature’s turn to act on the Governor’s amendments and vetoes to bills that passed during the regular session. In 2013, Virginians elected Terry McAuliffe as governor. During his tenure in office, Governor McAuliffe has been a firewall against unjust and oppressive legislation, a stalwart supporter of women’s health, and proponent of the well-being and economic success of all Virginians. He has worked tirelessly to build a New Virginia Economy. He now holds the “record for most vetoes” by a sitting governor of the Commonwealth.

The Governor has thoughtfully reviewed nearly 1,800 bills passed by both chambers. I applaud his due diligence and am grateful for his veto pen. There is no place for discrimination in the Code of Virginia. The annual attack on the LGBT community is abhorrent and is as hurtful as the anti-immigrant unconstitutional executive orders rolled out by the President singling out individuals on the basis of their religion. Here in Virginia, SB 1262 sought to prohibit sanctuary cities. SB 1324 was designed to promote discrimination based on religious conscience, as we have seen in other states.

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