2018 Pre-Session Survey


Delegate Danny Marshall

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1.  There may be a bill coming to the Virginia General Assembly regarding possession of marijuana. Under “decriminalization,” possession of small amounts of marijuana would remain illegal but would become a civil offense, instead of a criminal one. Do you support or oppose decriminalization of marijuana in Virginia?
2. How would you describe your current Internet service?
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Priorities, Spending & Taxes

3.  From the following list of issues, which issue do you believe should be the top priority of the Virginia House of Delegates? 
Please rank your responses. 1 = Highest Priority, 8 = Lowest Priority.
Highest Priority
Lowest Priority
Creating Jobs and Growing Paychecks
Making College More Affordable and Accessible
Protecting Gun Rights
Lowering Health Care Costs
Improving Public Schools
Cutting Wasteful Government Spending
Holding the Line Against Higher Taxes
Fighting Federal Government Overreach

K - 12 Education

4.  Charter schools are unique public schools that operate under a specific charter. They are given more flexibility to 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 other states have over 200. Do you support or oppose a constitutional amendment to encourage the creation of more charter schools in Virginia?

Higher Education

5.  How do you feel about the cost of college tuition in Virginia?
6.  Should the children of illegal immigrants who have been here for more than five years, graduated from high school, been accepted to a state university and plan to apply for permanent residency be allowed to receive in-state tuition?


7.  Do you support or oppose Medicaid Expansion in Virginia?

Government Reform

8.  Should the General Assembly be able to repeal or prevent the adoption of a regulation with a majority vote?

Criminal Justice, Public Safety & Privacy

9.  In Virginia, theft of an item valued at more than $200 is considered a felony. This threshold was set in 1980 and has not been raised to keep up with inflation. Should this threshold be raised or kept the same?
10.  Political rights include the right to vote, serve on a jury, run for public office, and serve as a notary public. When an individual is convicted of a felony, they automatically lose their political rights. Which of the following best reflects your view on restoring rights for convicted felons?

Energy & Environment

11.  Do you support the exploration of natural gas and oil off the coastal water areas of Virginia?

Business Environment

12. Virginia has consistently ranked well by business publications, such as CNBC, Forbes, and Site Selection, for its business friendliness.  These publications have cited Virginia’s relatively low taxes, competitive energy costs, reasonable regulations, and assets, such as the Port of Virginia, proximity to Washington, D.C., and quality workforce, as reasons Virginia is viewed so positively.  How important to you are Virginia’s efforts to remain one of the best states for business?
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