Virginia House Bill 2144 (HB2144) expands on the state’s current anti-indefinite detention law by setting the stage for ending some state-federal partnerships. (read about the bill here). It passed successfully through the state house on Feb. 10 by a 96-4 vote. The bill now must pass successfully through the Senate Committee for Courts of Justice before it can receive a full vote in the state senate. Follow the action steps below to support this important bill.
1. Call the Senate Committee for Courts of Justice Co-Chairs, Thomas K. Norment and Mark D. Obenshain. Strongly, but respectfully urge them to move these important bills forward to a vote in their committee. A phone call has 10x the impact of an email.
Norment: (804) 698-7503
Obenshain: (804) 698-7526
2. Call the rest of the committee members. Again, be strong, but respectful. Urge each of them to take action to move the bill forward and vote YES on HB2144.
Richard Saslow (D) (804) 698-7535
Janet Howell (D) (804) 698-7532
L. Louise Lucas (D) (804) 698-7518
John Edwards (D) (804) 698-7521
Linda Puller (D) (804) 698-7536
Ryan McDougle (R) (804) 698-7504
A. Donald McEachin (D) (804) 698-7509
Richard Stuart (R) (804) 698-7528
Jill Vogel (R) (804) 698-7527
William Stanley (R) (804) 698-7520
Bryce Reeves (R) (804) 698-7517
Thomas Garrett (R) (804) 698-7522
Ben Chafin (R) (804) 698-7538
3. Call Back – any NO or UNDECIDED – in 3-4 days. Make sure to follow-up. If they say YES, be sure to thank them and, if possible, announce their committed YES vote to email and social media contacts. If they say no, politely ask them why. Get the information from them and contact us.
4. Spread the Word. Share this information widely by facebook, twitter, email and other social networks.