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April 23, 2014

ACLU of Virginia Commends Vote to Sustain Governor McAuliffe’s Veto of Senate Bill 555

Richmond, VA - Today, the General Assembly voted to sustain Governor McAuliffe’s veto of Senate Bill 555. Senate Bill 555 would have allowed National Guard chaplains to proselytize to unwilling service members. read more »

April 23, 2014

ACLU of Virginia Commends Vote to Sustain Governor McAuliffe’s Veto of Senate Bill 236

Richmond, VA – Today, the General Assembly voted to sustain Governor McAuliffe’s veto of Senate Bill 236, a bill that could have compromised the religious freedom of public school students. read more »

April 18, 2014

Governor McAuliffe Announces Significant Reforms to Restoration of Rights Policy

Richmond, VA -- Today, Governor McAuliffe announced two important reforms to the restoration of civil rights process. First, all drug offenses will be considered non-violent instead of violent offenses, and processed under the less onerous criteria for restoration of rights. Second, the mandatory five year waiting period for individuals convicted of violent felonies has been reduced to three years. read more »

April 11, 2014

ACLU of Virginia to Governor: Capitol Square Demonstration Regulation is Unconstitutional

Richmond, VA -- The regulation governing demonstrations on Capitol Square is "riddled with constitutional problems," the ACLU of Virginia wrote today in a letter to Governor Terry McAuliffe. The letter called upon the Governor to take swift action to revise the regulation. read more »

April 04, 2014

ACLU of Virginia Applauds Governor McAuliffe’s Veto of Senate Bill 236

Richmond, VA -- Today, Governor McAuliffe vetoed Senate Bill 236, a bill that would have allowed unconstitutional religious speech at or imposed an unworkable burden on Virginia's public schools. By requiring that schools create a so-called "limited public forum" at every school event, the bill would have compelled schools to sponsor student prayer at official school events where students (and other members of the school community) are a captive audience, such as graduations, assemblies, and sporting events read more »

April 03, 2014

ACLU of Virginia Applauds Governor McAuliffe for Signing Cell Phone Tracking Bill

Richmond, VA -- The ACLU of Virginia applauds Governor Terry McAuliffe for signing House Bill 17- a bipartisan bill whose chief co-patrons were Delegates Bob Marshall (R - Manassas) and Betsy Carr (D - Richmond). The new law will create a warrant requirement for law enforcement seeking to access the real time data on the location of an individual's cell phone. read more »

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Questions about Virginia’s NEW Voter Photo ID Law? Tweet us!

(04/22/2014) Starting July 1, 2014 you’ll need a photo ID to vote. What photo IDs are acceptable? How can you get one for free? We’ll be answering these and other voting rights questions tomorrow at noon during our weekly #libertychatVA on Twitter. Tell your friends and tweet us your questions! read more »

Fourth Circuit Vindicates First Amendment Right to Access Court Proceedings, Rejects Secret Litigation

(04/19/2014) In a resounding victory for the First Amendment right of access to court records, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond held this week in Company Doe v. Public Citizen that a district court should not have sealed records and allowed the use of a pseudonym in a challenge to the inclusion of a product safety report in a federal consumer product safety database. read more »

Highlights from Billion Dollar Divide: Virginia’s Sentencing, Corrections and Criminal Justice Challenge

(04/15/2014) The Justice Policy Institute (JPI) is out with a great new report, and its findings should serve as a wake up call to Virginia’s lawmakers: read more »

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