SENATE DEMOCRATS RELEASE STATEMENTS ON PROGRESS OF THE 2020 SPECIAL SESSION

RICHMOND - To date, Senate democrats accomplished many of its goals shared on June 30. In addition to the justice and equity proposals, funding has been allocated for broadband access, health and human resources, and COVID-19 relief while maintaining structural balance. Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw (D-Fairfax), Senate Democratic Caucus Chair Mamie E. Locke (D-Hampton), and Senator Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon), issued the following statements:

Said Dick Saslaw: “The pandemic has touched our lives in many ways and Virginians have been bravely fighting this insidious disease since March. The special session was called to address the current social and economic challenges faced by the Commonwealth. With Governor Northam, we have led the fight for Virginians health, well-being and economic opportunity. We have led on long overdue criminal justice reform.”

Said Mamie Locke: "Virginia is now a more equitable place, thanks to the legislative work during the special session. For decades, the cries for fairness and justice have rung, but the outcries following the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbury, and Breonna Taylor were ones that we could no longer ignore. Senate Democrats came into the special session to restore justice within a broken justice system and to address some of the issues of policing, especially as it pertains to Black and Brown Virginians. I am proud of everything that we have accomplished, and there is still more to come."

Said Scott Surovell, “I was honored to help lead our caucus as we worked for many, many months on justice reform proposals. We spent hundreds of hours turning ideas into policy having worked with advocates, activists, lawyers, various law enforcement agencies, citizen groups and other concerned citizens. The legislation passed will make Virginia's law enforcement a stronger, more professional, and trusted community partner. Virginia is leading the way in the United States on justice reform.” 

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