House passes Voter ID bill, Repeals one gun a monthPoliticsVirginia

Del. Mark Cole’s voter ID bill, HB 9, passed its third and final reading on the House floor today 69-30.

That doesn’t mean Democrats didn’t have one last go at trying to at least make their presence known. Both Dels. Jennifer McClellan and Charneile Herring tried to make it seem as if this was a march back to the bad old days of Jim Crow (from McClellan) and that the idea of a signed oath attesting to one’s identity ought to be good enough for anyone seeking to cast a ballot (Herring).

We can only assume their concerns also extend to those areas Brian mentioned earlier today.

Later, Fairfax Del. Scott Surovell reared up on a bill relating to who may be present at determining the validity of provisional ballots. The bill was requested by the Fairfax county registrar. But Surovell’s stem-winder (which managed to include mentions of nuns, the careless, literacy tests, poll taxes and Stalin) was questioned by Del. Todd Gilbert, who wondered whether Surovell was speaking to the bill at hand, or the earlier-passed HB 9.

Speaker Bill Howell let Surovell wander on, perhaps as much out of a sense of amusement as anything else. When he ran out of steam, Fightin’ Joe Morrissey rose to his feet to say…something. That bill passed 67-31.

On the repeal of the state’s one gun a month law, HB 940, Mr. Morrissey again leaped to his feet to charged that “crack addicts” would be given Virginia drivers licenses (with which they could vote, presumably) and use those IDs to buy troves of weapons they could then sell far and wide.

Morrissey then proceeded to use his vast knowledge of constitutional law to say that there is no such thing as an unfettered right, and that limits on gun purchases fit well within the limits set on other rights (such as not being able to yell “fire” in a crowded theater). Legal lessons from Morrissey, whose run-ins with the law would make for a rather campy episode of “Law and Order,” are to be taken for what they are: venting.

The bill passed 66-32.

  • Tim J

    It sounds like ‘ol “Fightin’ Joe” was performing as the lead clown in that “crowded theater”.

  • MD Russ

    Actually, Fightin’ Joe has a valid point about civil liberties not being without reasonable restrictions. That is why mentally ill people, convicted felons, and anyone under a restraining order cannot purchase a firearm. And, of course, Fightin’ Joe also demonstrates why a stopped clock is right twice every day.

  • Tim J

    Off of “Fightin’ Joe’s” website:
    “Tossing out a cigarette butt could soon cost $100″ and this “Morrissey says he plans to keep proposing this bill until it passes. He’s also sponsoring a similar bill that could also fine people for smoking in a car with a child under the age of 13.”
    Apparently some delegates don’t have enough to do during this session.

  • ToR

    Norm,

    To help add credibility to your post maybe you could post the following statistics:

    Number of cases of voter fraud in Virginia the last 10 years.

    Number of cases of crimes committed with a gun in Virginia in the last 10 years.

    Number of people that have been wounded and killed by a gun in Virginia the last 10 years.

    Thanks.

  • Tim J

    Troll, so what? This is a post was about a couple of idiots who apparently were elected for the comic relief they provide and to remind everyone about the insane faction of the House.