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Sen. Mark Herring Bills on Bath Salts, Electronic Stalking Move Forward

by: lowkell

Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 15:44:45 PM EST


From Sen. Mark Herring:
Leesburg - Two important pieces of public safety legislation sponsored by Democratic candidate for Attorney General State Senator Mark Herring (Loudoun & Fairfax) advanced through the Senate Courts of Justice Committee this afternoon.

The first bill, SB 1063, criminalizes stalking through electronic means, specifically through text and picture messaging.

"With technological advances in communication comes the potential for new crimes involving electronic and telephone communication," Herring stated. "Studies show that stalking by texting has become a growing problem and Virginia needs to join the growing number of other states who that are taking action to protect our citizens."

Continuing his leadership in the General Assembly on the issue of designer drugs, Senator Herring introduced SB 1083 to criminalize newly identified chemical compounds of "bath salts."

"Designer drugs like bath salts continue to threaten the health and safety of our young people in Virginia," Herring stated. "We have succeeded in raising awareness about the dangers of these chemicals and getting them off the shelves of legitimate businesses.  However, we must remain vigilant in giving law enforcement and prosecutors the tools they need to go after them as criminals who create new compounds designed to skirt our laws."

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HERRING BILL TO AID VIRGINIA VETERANS PASSES SENATE, BILL ON BATH SALTS CLEARS COMMITTEE

Leesburg - Legislation offered by Democratic candidate for Attorney General State Senator Mark Herring (Loudoun & Fairfax), SB 1064, to help Virginia's veterans receive their federal VA benefits faster and more efficiently passed the Senate unanimously today.

"Many of our veterans wait too long, some a lifetime, for benefits to which they are entitled," Herring stated.  "While Virginia's Department of Veterans Affairs, under the leadership of Secretary Terrie Suit, has been working near miracles with scarce resources to help our veterans, the US Department of Veterans Affairs does not have a similar reputation for efficiency and effectiveness."

"My legislation will ensure that fighting for timely and accurate processing of veterans benefit requests to the federal government will continue to be among the chief responsibilities of Virginia's Department of Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security," Herring stated.

Also today, Herring's bill, SB 1083, to criminalize newly identified chemical compounds of "bath salts", cleared the Senate Finance committee and will head to the Senate floor.

"Designer drugs like bath salts continue to threaten the health and safety of our young people in Virginia," Herring stated. "We have succeeded in raising awareness about the dangers of these chemicals and getting them off the shelves of legitimate businesses.  However, we must remain vigilant in giving law enforcement and prosecutors the tools they need to go after them as criminals who create new compounds designed to skirt our laws."



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