2016 Legislative Survey


Delegate Richard L. Morris

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1.  Virginia continues to face budget constraints due to sequestration and federal tax increases. How do you believe the General Assembly should address such budgetary constraints?

Please rank your responses. 1 = First Course of Action, and 4 = Last Resort.
First Course of Action
Last Resort
Raise General or Statewide Taxes (sales, income, business, and/or gas)

Increase Specific Fees to Cover the Actual Cost of Providing Certain Government Services

Cut Government Spending
Streamline Government Programs and Services

2.  Charter Schools are unique public schools that operate under a specific charter. They are given more flexibility of innovate while still being held accountable for advancing student achievement. They are open to all children, do not charge tuition, and do not have special entrance requirements. Virginia has only nine charter schools, while New York has over 200. Do you support or oppose a constitutional amendment to encourage the creation of more charter schools in Virginia?

3.  Do you support or oppose efforts to allow home-school children to participate in public school sports programs?

4.  Some elected officials advocate expanding early childhood education in Virginia by offering Pre-K to all children through Virginia’s public schools, which they say improves long-term educational and economic outcomes. Others argue Pre-K offers little tangible benefit and would increase class sizes, force local school divisions to take on debt in order to build new classrooms, and cost the state nearly $600 million per year. Which of the following best describes your view on early childhood education in Virginia?

5.  Of the following options, how do you think the General Assembly should address the rising cost of higher education?

Check all that apply.

6.  Do you support or oppose Medicaid Expansion in Virginia? While expansion would enroll up to 400,000 currently uninsured Virginians in Medicaid, it could cost the Commonwealth of Virginia over $1 billion per year, forcing cuts to other key services like education, mental health, and public safety.

7.  Do you support or oppose a state investigation into Virginia Planned Parenthood chapters, in light of the videos that revealed some Planned Parenthood chapters were selling baby body parts for profit?

8.  Article V of the U.S. Constitution allows two-thirds of state legislatures to call a “Convention of the States” to amend the federal constitution. Some lawmakers have pushed a convention of the states to enact limits on federal authority and spending. Do you support or oppose a “Convention of the States?”

9.  Would you support or oppose legislation prohibiting the use of all state government resources to facilitate the resettlement of refugees from states that are officially considered “terrorism sponsors?” This legislation would prohibit the use of taxpayer dollars to re-settle refugees from Syria, Iran, and the Sudan.

10.  Under Virginia law, law enforcement may seize property related to criminal activity, even if the owner has not yet been convicted of a crime. Some have argued that Virginia should reform its asset forfeiture laws to make it more difficult for law enforcement to seize private property in order to protect the rights of citizens. Do you support or oppose efforts to reform Virginia’s asset forfeiture laws?

 11.  Do you support or oppose legislation overturning Governor McAuliffe’s executive order banning law-abiding citizens from carrying firearms in state buildings?

12.  A Stormwater Fee was imposed by localities upon all residences and businesses in order to create infrastructure to clean rainwater runoff which they claim will help clean the Chesapeake Bay. Do you support or oppose repealing the Stormwater Fee?

13.  Do you support or oppose the Attorney General of Virginia repealing Virginia’s concealed carry reciprocity with all other states?

14.  Currently, a college student in Virginia who is facing a student disciplinary hearing is not allowed to review the evidence against them, to question their accuser, or to be represented at the disciplinary hearing. Do you support or oppose the General Assembly requiring that colleges and universities in Virginia provide students facing a disciplinary hearing, for which they could be expelled, the right to Due Process and a right to have a representative at the disciplinary hearing?

15.  Would you support or oppose a state pilot program to conduct random drug tests on beneficiaries of public assistance?