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DEMOCRATS STACK THE VIRGINIA COURT OF APPEALS AND QUIETLY PUSH THROUGH OTHER LEFT-WING LEGISLATION

The Democrats control the General Assembly and pushed through numerous bills that received little attention but will impose far-left policies on Virginians for years to come. Thanks to Del. Rob Bell for summarizing these bills, which were all supported by the Democrats representing Prince William County:


Senate Bill 1261
— Will add six judges the Virginia Court of Appeals. When House Republicans asked how these new judges would be selected, they were told it would be through the usual legislative process … which means the Democrats will be choosing all 6. Since there are currently 11 judges, and they serve 8 year terms, adding 6 new judges all at once will transform the makeup the court to a solidly left-leaning court.

House Bill 1888 — Will permanently adopt some of the election law measures implemented in 2020, including the provision of drop boxes for absentee ballots. The bill also expands the number of voters who can register absentee and then vote absentee – all without ever appearing in person at the registrar or their voting precinct.

House Bill 1965 – Will allow the State Air Pollution Control Board to adopt not only California’s low-emission vehicle standards, but also its zero-emission vehicle rules that set binding targets for electric vehicle sales. A separate bill, House Bill 1979, will provide tax rebates to electric vehicle purchasers that will total $224 million by 2027.

House Bill 2295 – Will ban firearms from the Capitol, Capitol Square, and even portions of a nearby sidewalk. It also bans firearms from all buildings owned by the state, which would appear to include parking garages. While previous versions of the bill included an exception for gun owners to leave firearms in a locked vehicle when in such garages, this was removed from the final compromise that passed the House and Senate.

Those who voted for a Democrat-controlled General Assembly now own these bills and the long-term impact on Virginians. Voters can turn this around in November!

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GENERAL ASSEMBLY WRAPS UP 2021 SESSION – RAISES FOR TEACHERS AND SOFT ON CRIME

The assembly voted to abolish the death penalty — making Virginia the first Southern state to do so — and legalize marijuana as of 2024. It voted to expunge criminal records for many nonviolent offenses and pushed to eliminate mandatory minimum sentences, although the latter effort ultimately failed in negotiations between the House and Senate.

By the time the House of Delegates adjourned at 11:12 p.m. on Saturday, the assembly also had agreed on proposed constitutional amendments that would restore voting rights for thousands of Virginians convicted of felonies. A proposed constitutional amendment would have to pass the legislature again next year before going to a statewide voter referendum.

All of the delegates representing Prince William County supported these drastic changes to existing laws that are soft on crime.

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DEFORESTATION UNDERWAY IN VIRGINIA TO BUILD SOLAR FARMS

There are now over 240 projects underway and a planned installation of over 60 million solar panels in accordance with the “Virginia Green New Deal.” Last fall, Dominion Energy stated that to meet the Virginia Clean Economy Act (VCEA) mandates, they project that 490 square miles of forests and farmland will be destroyed to fulfill the VCEA solar power plans. This means our beautiful Virginia landscape will be covered with millions of solar panels.

Democrats are forcing Virginia into their “Green New Deal” to clean up air quality, but are ignoring the long term effects of massive deforestation.

PWC DEMOCRATS OPEN UP THE RURAL CRESCENT FOR DEVELOPMENT

So much for preservation — typically a Democrat policy hallmark.

On a 5-3 party line vote, the Preserve at Long Branch was approved on January 19, which opens the Rural Crescent for development. The 5 Democrat Supervisors have again proven their loyalties lie with NoVa developers and not PWC citizens. By bringing public sewer into the Rural Crescent, the decades long policy to preserve our rural area in Prince William County has taken a major blow, and the stage is set for more development.

For more details, read here: https://wtop.com/prince-william-county/2021/01/prince-william-board-approves-housing-development-in-rural-crescent/

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UPDATE: DECEMBER 1 VOTE BY PWC BOARD OF SUPERVISORS ALLOWS DEFUNDING PWC POLICE IN THE FUTURE

The third time wasn’t the charm for Prince William police, as County Supervisors on December 1 failed to bar language from the county’s upcoming strategic plan that would call for defunding the department.

In a 5-3 vote, most Democrats on the Board voted against an effort by Supervisor Peter Candland (R-Gainesville) to block efforts to “reallocate” or defund police. The language remains in the county’s five year Strategic Plan.

Earlier this year the PWC Board of Supervisors eliminated the 287(g) program with ICE, which means the PWC jail can no longer effectively cooperate with ICE on deportation requests. Recently the jail released an undocumented immigrant from jail who had been arrested for committing a felony. The man had served time in Maryland on a felony conviction, was deported after serving his term and then re-entered the country illegally before committing another felony in PWC.

The assault on policing in PWC continues.

Supervisor Jeanine Lawson reports that while the overwhelming majority of PWC appreciates the work of law enforcement who risk their lives for our safety, some want to convince us that our police department poses a threat to our community. “I stand with our dedicated men and women in blue and I know you do too!”

Supervisor Lawson further noted: “What is alarming is even though a small fringe group of people from the Defund the Police movement advocated for defunding/reallocation of police resources as a method to accomplish a safe and secure community, it was highlighted as one of the key themes in this focus area. Yes, defunding PWCPD who has an outstanding record of working with the community, consistently receives top accreditations, and works hard every day to keep us safe.”

Superviosrs Lawson, Candland and Vega are supporting PWC Police. What do the other Superviors intend to do? Residents can email the PWC Board of Supervisors at bocs@pwcgov.org to express their opinions on defunding the police in PWC.

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Sign the Petition to Preserve the Rural Crescent!

On October 20, the Board of Supervisors will once again consider a development that will take an axe to the Rural Crescent. This development:

  • brings sewer to the rural crescent
  • adds over 100 homes
  • triples the currently approved density
  • opens the door to more development in the rural crescent.

We must defend the rural crescent, oppose overcrowding of our schools and roads, and stop developments that hurt our quality of life!

The Planning Commission voted NO!

Planning staff said NO!

It is time for the Board of Supervisors to deny this development as well. Vote NO!

CLICK HERE TO SIGN! https://supervisorjeaninelawson.com/defend-the-rural-crescent/

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Life in Blue Virginia:

Summary of the Democrat Agenda, Effective July 1st

Thanks to the Richmond Times Dispatch for compiling this summary of major laws that take effect on July 1st:

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Prince William County a Sanctuary County on June 30

As was predicted, it did not take Democrats long to dismantle law and order in Prince William County.
The Prince William County’s jail staff will no longer participate in the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s 287(g) program. Illegal immigrants may now reside in Prince William with no fear or concerns about being deported, even if they commit crimes.
Prince William-Manassas Regional Jail Board held a special meeting Wednesday and discussed the program. Sheriff Glen Hill, chairman of the jail board, made a motion to continue the program, but could not find a second and the motion failed. That means the program will expire Tuesday, June 30.
In place since 2007, the agreement involves county jail staffers alerting ICE officials anytime they have arrested an undocumented person. The jail can then hold anyone in the country illegally for up to 48 hours and transfer them to ICE’s custody.
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Prince William County One Step Closer to Becoming a Sanctuary County for Illegal Immigrants

PWC one step closer to becoming a “sanctuary county” for illegal aliens.
Last night the PWC Board appointed three new members to the Jail Board – including Del. Guzman – who have vowed to abolish the county’s agreement with ICE, known as the “287(g) program.”
If the agreement with ICE is abolished, the county will be able to harbor illegal alien criminals in our jail system and prohibit them from being deported.
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Dems push through their left-wing agenda with very little trouble

Democrats have passed numerous laws that will have a major impact on Virginians. Among them:
– Legalization of marijuana (possession of small amounts)

– Numerous laws passed that target lawful gun owners
– Violent high school students cannot be found guilty of disorderly conduct when conducted on school     grounds (including sexual battery, threatening school staff, and general threats against the school);   principals now have the option of not reporting misdemeanors conducted on school grounds.
– Raised the minimum wage, which will ultimately put people out of work (as has happened in Seattle     and  various cities in California)
– Repealed the photo ID requirement when voting
– Illegal aliens are now be eligible to receive driver’s licenses
– Repealed the “Right to Work” without being forced to join unions
– The Virginia Values Act, which allows massive fines/punitive damages to any form of discrimination in   the workplace no matter how big or small – now some of the highest penalties in the nation
– Numerous tax hikes

Life in Blue Virginia: The left-wing agenda is taking hold

Democrats have passed legislation that will fundamentally change Virginia, including the following:

Taxes: Increase taxes for cigarettes, admissions, meals, and lodgings without a voter referendum — totalling up to $528 million. Another billwould allow localities to enact taxes on plastic bags.

Labor: HB 582 would repeal the ban on collective bargaining for public employees. HB 833 would require government contractors to pay the prevailing (union scale) wage.

Public Safety: HB 34 would make it harder to prosecute drunk drivers, whileHB 33 would grant eligibility for parole to an estimated 280 violent offenders in Virginia.

Immigration: HB 1150 would eliminate the requirement that jail/prison officials determine the citizenship status of inmates. Other bills would allow undocumented noncitizens to obtain Virginia driver’s licensesand receive in-state tuition at state universities.

Firearms: The House Democrats passed 8 bills endorsed by Governor Northam, including HB 421which would allow any locality to pass its own criminal ordinances covering possession of firearms, and HB 961, which forbids purchase or sale of certain firearms.

Elections: Delegate Ayala’s HB 201 would allow Election Day registration in Virginia, while HB 19 would eliminate the photo ID requirement for voting. Another bill would establish Election Day as a Virginia state holiday.

Statues: HB 1625 will empower localities to remove Civil War – and other war — statues.

Abortion: House Democrats passed HB 980, which would eliminate most legal restrictions on abortions in Virginia, including the waiting period.

 

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