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.