Richmond – Senator A. Donald McEachin and Delegate Michael Futrell have introduced companion bills, The Community Policing Act, to increase dialogue and safety between police officers and the community they serve. This legislation would initiate a database to document incidents. In the event that the data demonstrates excess incidents in any locality, that police department could move toward body cameras.
Richmond – Today, the Senate Courts of Justice Committee defeated Senator A. Donald McEachin’s bill, sb 768, to require universal background checks. Senator McEachin said, “This is the kind of common-sense safety measure that should garner universal support. We all can and must agree to keep guns out of the hands of violent criminals, terrorists, and those with violent mental disorders. This legislation does nto take anyone’s guns away, it does not prevent law-abiding Virginians from buying or selling their guns.
This year, as I have done repeatedly, I will introduce the State Employment Non-Discrimination Act in the General Assembly. This bill would ensure that Virginians cannot be fired from state jobs, or passed over for promotion, simply because of who they are. It targets discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity as well as many other different kinds of prejudice.
Today, Senator A. Donald McEachin (D-Henrico), chair of the Senate Democratic Caucus, issued this statement on the pending retirement of Senator John Watkins (R-Powhatan). Senator McEachin said, “I have been fortunate to serve alongside Senator Watkins in the last seven years since I was elected to the Virginia Senate. He is the true epitome of a statesman and a Virginia gentleman, always doing what he truly believes is right for the Commonwealth. Although we do not always agree, Senator Watkins is always cordial, open to new ideas and willing to work with anyone to benefit Virginia.