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House Committee Advances Legislation to Allow Legislature to Defend Virginia Laws

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A bill could soon allow members of the legislature to defend state laws when the governor or attorney general chooses not to. It comes on the heels of Attorney General Mark Herring's announcement Thursday that he would not defend the ban on same-sex marriages.

Republican Todd Gilbert, who carried the bill, said he believes the bill provides a mechanism to protect and defend the commonwealth and the laws it has adopted.

The legislation advanced through committee Friday and now heads to the House.

Virginia House Republican Campaign Committee Press Release:

The Virginia House of Delegates Committee for Courts of Justice voted 13 to 7 Friday to advance legislation carried by Deputy Majority Leader Todd Gilbert (R-Shenandoah) that would allow members of the legislature to defend the laws of the Commonwealth should the Governor and Attorney General choose not to do so.

"In light of yesterday's announcement by Attorney General Mark Herring, it is imperative that we provide a mechanism to protect and defend the people of the Commonwealth and the laws they have duly adopted," said Gilbert. "I am pleased the House Courts committee has passed this legislation, and look forward to its passage by the full House very soon."

For the text and legislative history of HB706, click here.

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