This Week in Richmond: Attorney General Mark Herring

This Week in Richmond: Attorney General Mark Herring


EDUCATION ASSOCIATION, AN INVESTMENT IN TEACHERS TODAY WILL PAY DIVIDENDS TOMORROW. DIGNITY MEMORIAL, THE DIGNITY NETWORK PROVIDES PROFESSIONAL AND COMPASSIONATE MEMORIAL CREMATION AND CEMETERY SERVICES THROUGHOUT THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA. VIRGINIA HOSPITAL AND HEALTHCARE ASSOCIATION FOR JOBS, HEALTH AND COMMITTED TO ADVANCING HEALTH AN OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL VIRGINIA. VIRGINIA TOURISM CORPORATION PROMOTING WHY VIRGINIA IS FOR LOVERS, LOVERS OF WINE AND CRAFT BEERS, THE OUTDOORS, BEACHES AND MORE. FALL IN LOVE WITH VIRGINIA.ORG. ADDITIONAL SUPPORT PROVIDED BY THESE SPONSORS. AND BY THE MEMBERS OF VIRGINIA’S PUBLIC TELEVISION STATIONS. THANK YOU.>>WELCOME TO THIS WEEK IN RICH RICHMOND, A VERY SPECIAL WELCOME TO YOU, MARK. WE WORKED WITH YOU WHEN YOU WERE IN THE SENATE OF VIRGINIA OVER A DECADE. THEY NOW REMEMBER YOU FROM HIGH SCHOOL AND CERTAINLY REMEMBER YOU FROM THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS AND THE WORK THAT YOU DID IN YOUR PRIVATE LAW PRACTICE THERE. THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA AND THEN UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND LAW DEGREE AND NOW IN YOUR SECOND TERM AS ATTORNEY GENERAL AND WE’RE DELIGHTED TO HAVE YOU ON TO TALK ABOUT SOME OF THE KEY ISSUES THAT YOU’RE WORKING ON AND MAYBE WE SHOULD START WITH THE HEALTHCARE BECAUSE THAT’S ONE YOU’VE BEEN WORK ON FOR SOME TIME BUT NOW THERE’S ACTION IN THE ONE COURT THAT PROBABLY TALKS ABOUT THE WORK YOU’LL BE DOING.>>THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME BACK ON THE SHOW. I’VE BEEN WORKING WITH YOU OVER THE YEARS, AS YOU’VE COVERED A LOT OF THE ISSUES OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY, THE GOVERNOR AND WE JUST GOT A NEW DECISION FROM A COURT DOWN IN TEXAS THAT A POLITICALLY MOTIVATED LAWSUIT THAT IS DESIGNED TO TRY TO GUT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, WE’VE BEEN INVOLVED IN A COUPLE OF THESE OVER THE YEARS. THERE WAS ONE IN VIRGINIA A FEW YEARS AGO. WE CAME IN TO DEFEND THE ABILITY OF HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF VIRGINIA, MANY WHO HAD INSURANCE FOR THE FIRST TIME, TO MAKE SURE THEY COULD CONTINUE TO GET INSURANCE. IT WAS ALL THE WAY UP TO SUPREME COURT AND LEADING THE EFFORT AMONG THE STATE TO PROTECT IT AND WE WON. AND THEN, EARLIER THIS YEAR, A GROUP OF REPUBLICAN ATTORNEY GENERALS FILED SUIT IN THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS IN A CASE THAT WE THINK IS REALLY FARFETCHED WITH FLIMSY LEGAL THEORIES BUT CREATIVE AND THE JUDGE BROUGHT WHAT I THINK ARE LEGAL ARGUMENTS. THERE’S A CASE THAT THE ADMINISTRATION TEARS ASIDE WITH THE REPUBLICAN ATTORNEY GENERAL IN AN EFFORT TO TRY TO ELIMINATE THE PROTECTIONS FOR PREEXISTING CONDITIONS AND THE CASE OVERALL IS DESIGNED TO TRY TO GET RID OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WHICH SO MANY PEOPLE WHETHER THEY BUY AND SHARE AND EXCHANGE OR SOMEONE WHO’S A PREEXISTING CONDITION LIKE I’VE TALKED WITH SO MANY WOMEN ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL LAST YEAR WHO TOLD ME THAT THEY ARE BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS AND IF THESE PROTECTIONS GO AWAY, IT WILL BE A RATE THEY CAN’T AFFORD AND THEIR FAMILY MAY NOT BE ABLE TO GET INSURANCE. SO FAR-FETCHED AS YOU THINK THE CASE IS, IT’S DANGEROUS AND BEING RECKLESS WITH PEOPLE’S LIVES AND THEIR HEALTHCARE. SO WE JUST MADE A DECISION WHERE THE JUDGE DOWN THERE HAS BOUGHT INTO IT. I THINK IT IS SO FLIMSY THAT BOTH LIBERAL AND CONSERVATIVE LEGAL THINK IT RIDICULOUS. SO WE’LL FIGHT TO PROTECT PEOPLE’S HEALTHCARE BECAUSE OF WHAT’S AT STAKE. IT MEANS SO MUCH DEFENDING PEOPLE AND I’M DOWN THERE FIGHTING WITH OTHER DEMOCRATIC ATTORNEY’S GENERAL TO DEFEND THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, DEFEND PEOPLE’S HEALTHCARE AND WE WON’T GIVE UP. THIS IS NOT OVER BY A LONG SHOT. AS WE SPEAK, WE’RE DEVELOPING A STRATEGY TO CHALLENGE THIS DECISION BECAUSE IT’S IMPORTANT THAT SO MANY PEOPLE ARE ACROSS THE COUNTRY, INCLUDING OUT HERE IN VIRGINIA. EARLIER THIS YEAR, UNDER THE GOVERNOR’S LEADERSHIP WITH A WIDER VIEW, DEMOCRATIC HOUSE OF DELEGATE MEMBERS WERE ABLE TO EXPAND MEDICAID IN VIRGINIA. IT’S LONG OVERDUE. AT LEAST WE FINALLY DID IT. WE ARE ON TRACK TO SIGN UP 375,000VIRGIANS AND THAT, TOO, COULD BE JEOPARADIZED BY THIS LAWSUIT. IT AFFECTS MANY OF VIRGINIA THAT HAS PREEXISTING CONDITIONS OR SIGNING UP FOR MEDICAID UNDER THE NEW EXPANSION AND HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS WHO GET THEIR HEALTHCARE ON THE EXCHANGE. I’M GOING TO BE FIGHTING FOR THEM TO PROTECT YOUR HEALTHCARE.>>YOU DON’T HAVE A JURIS DOCTORATE DEGREE OR IS THERE A STEP IN BETWEEN IN THE FIGHT IN THAT ISSUE?>>THIS IS TRIAL COURT IN THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS WHERE YOU GO UP THROUGH THE COURT OF APPEALS AND THEN TO THE SUPREME COURTS. FRANKLY, I THINK IT’S SO RIDICULOUS, IT SHOULD NEVER MAKE IT TO THE SUPREME COURT. BUT SHOULD THEY TRY TO PUSH IT, WE WILL DO WHATEVER WE CAN TO PROTECT PEOPLE’S PARTLY CLOUDY’Y BECAUSE IT’S SO IMPORTANT.>>THERE’S A PHONE NUMBER OF STATES THAT HAVE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP IN THEIR STATE AND EXTENDED MEDICAID AND IT LOOKS LIKE IT WOULD BE AS CONCERNED AS ONE IN STATES LIKE VIRGINIA.>>WELL, SPEAKING FOR WHAT SOME OF THE OTHER ATTORNEYS TRYING TO DO IN THEIR STATES, BUT WHAT I CAN SAY, IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT WE PROTECT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT FOR ALL OF VIRGINIA AND AMERICANS BECAUSE OF HOW IT IMPACTS SO MANY DIFFERENT PEOPLE’S LIVES AND THEIR HEALTHCARE AND I’M NOT GOING TO GIVE UP THE FIGHT.>>THERE ARE OTHER ISSUES AND WE’LL TALK ABOUT A TIME THAT WE HAD. BUT IN YOUR FIRST YEAR, YOU REALLY GOT A LOT OF ATTENTION ACROSS THE COMMONWEALTH IN THE DATE RAPE KITS THAT WERE BACKLOGGED AND EQUALITY. THOSE WERE TWO HOT ISSUES.>>LET ME PICK UP WITH THE ASSAULT KITS FIRST. WE WERE LITERALLY TRANSFORMING HOW VIRGINIA IS RESPONDING TO SEXUAL AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. TOO OFTEN SOME CASES WERE NOT TAKEN AS SERIOUSLY AS THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN AND WHEN I CAME INTO OFFICE, THERE WAS UNTOUCHED KITS THAT COULD CONTAIN A LOT OF IMPORTANT EVIDENCE. SO I WAS ABLE TO GET SOME GRANT FUNDING TO TEST ALL OF THE KITS BECAUSE THEY IDENTIFY PERPETRATORS WHO CAN STILL BE OUT THERE. I CANNOT IMAGINE THE TRAUMA A SURVIVOR OF THE SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIM GOES THROUGH. I’VE HEARD FROM SO MANY SURVIVORS, EVEN ONES WHO MAY HAVE FILED THEIR CASE THROUGH COURT AND THE PERPETRATOR MAY HAVE BEEN CONVICTED. EVEN THOSE FEEL LIKE JUST KNOWING THE COMMONWEALTH UNDERSTANDS THE SERIOUSNESS OF THE CRIME AND THE TRAUMA SURVIVORS GO THROUGH HAS HELPED THEM TO GET ON TO A PANEL OF RECOVERY. SO WE WON’T STOP UNTIL EVERY SINGLE KIT IS TESTED. EACH CASE GETS A FRESH LOOK AND SURVIVORS KNOW THE RESULTS AND IT’S REALLY SHOWING HOW VIRGINIA IS RESPONDING TO SEXUAL AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND THERE ARE OTHER WAYS WE ADDRESS THIS ISSUE. I CHAIRED THE GOVERNOR’S COMMISSION A FEW YEARS AGO ON SEXUAL ASSAULT ON COLLEGE CAMPUS. WHAT WE FOUND, THERE’S A LOT OF WORK TO DO TO MAKE SURE THAT EACH OF VIRGINIA’S PUBLIC UNIVERSITIED HAVE A TRULY COMPREHENSIVE PREVENTION PROGRAM TO PREVENT SEXUAL ASSAULTS AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES. BUT WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT STUDENTS KNOW THAT IF THERE IS AN INCIDENT OF SEXUAL ASSAULT THAT THEY REPORT, THAT THEY WILL GET THE TREATMENT, THE SUPPORT AND THE COMPASSION THAT THEY DESERVE AND NOW, ALSO I REALLY EMPHASIZE THAT BECAUSE THE U.S. EDUCATION SECRETARY HAS MADE CHANGES THAT WE THINK COULD ROLL BACK SOME OF THE STUDENT PROTECTIONS AND CAMPUS PROTECTIONS THAT WE NEED TO KEEP CAMPUSES SAFE. I WANT FOLKS TO KNOW AS LONG I’M ATTORNEY GENERAL, WE WON’T GIVE UP THE HARD-FOUGHT GAME.>>THE HATE CRIMESON S ANDSUPREMACY, I KNOW YOU’RE WG ON THAT.>>YES, I’VE SEEN IT WITH GRAFFITI SPRAY PAINTED ON BRIDGES AND WALLS, MOSQUES, THREATS TO JEWISH SCHOOLS OR SYNAGOGS AND WITH THE CAMPAIGN FROM 2016 AND THE ELECTION OF PRESIDENT TRUMP AND HIS ACTIONS AFTER THAT, THAT THESE TENSIONS, THE DIVISIONS ONLY ACCELERATED AND WHAT HAPPENED IN CHARLOTTESVILLE A YEAR AGO IN AUGUST SHOULD HAVE BEEN A WAKE-UP CALL TO EVERYONE THAT THIS IS A SERIOUS AND GROWING PROBLEM. THE WHITE SUPREMACY IS ON THE RISE AND THEY FOUND THERE WERE OVER 200 HATE CRIMES IN VIRGINIA, EVERY CATEGORY OF BIASED INCREASED. THERE WAS 54% INCREASE IN HATE CRIMES SINCE 2013. THAT DATA PARALLELS THE DATA THAT THE FBI HAS RELEASED SHOWING ITS RATE. I’VE BEEN OUT WITH A SERIES OF PROPOSALS TO TRY TO ADDRESS THIS. THIS INCLUDE UPDATING THE DEFINITION OF HATE CRIMES, INCLUDING GENDER, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, GENDER IDENTITY AND ALLOWS LOCALS TO PROHIBIT FIREARMS IN CERTAIN EVENTS AND THE CAUSE OF WHITE SUPREMACISTS THAT WE SAW IN AUGUST OF LAST YEAR IN CHARLOTTESVILLE WALKING STREETS OF CHARLOTTESVILLE. THAT SHOULDN’T HAPPEN IN CHARLOTTESVILLE OR ANY COMMUNITY IN VIRGINIA. WE ALSO NEED TO GIVE LAW ENFORCEMENT THE TOOLS TO IDENTIFY THESE DANGEROUS WHITE SUPREMACIST GROUPS AND GIVE THEM THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO HELP PREVENT THIS FROM HAPPENING. SOME THE STORIES I’VE HEARD TO THE ROUNDTABLES THAT WE’VE HAD AROUND THE STATES, THEY’RE HEARTBREAKING. CERTAINLY THOSE ACTS OF VIOLENCE, THE ACTS OF HATRED THAT TURN VIOLENT ARE HEART BREAKING AND VICTIMS AND THE FAMILIES THAT GRIEVE SO MUCH. BUT IT HAS A TOXIC EFFECT ALL THROUGH SOCIETY. WE’VE HEARD THROUGH AN INDIAN AMERICAN THAT NEVER FELT DISCRIMINATED AGAINST UP UNTIL A FEW YEARS AGO AND NOW HE’S GETTING LOOK AND SNEERS AND OTHERS WE’VE TALKED TO FEEL LIKE THEY HAVE TO LOOK OVER THEIR SHOULDER FOR FEAR THEY COULD BE ATTACKED. SOMEONE FEELING THEY HAVE TO DRIVE A DIFFERENT WAY HOME FOR FEAR OF ATTACK. I WANT THEM TO KNOW I’LL DO WHATEVER I CAN TO KEEP THEM SAFE, KEEP FAMILIES SAFE, PROTECT THEM AND NOBODY SHOULD BE DISCRIMINATED AGAINST OR EVER WORSHIP IN FEAR BECAUSE OF WHO THEY ARE OR WHAT THEIR BACKGROUND IS OR WHAT THEIR FAITH IS.>>SO SOME OF THIS IS IN THE JIMMING SESSION. UPCOMING SESSION.>>I HOPE SO AND SOME HAS NOT GOTTEN ATTENTION FROM THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY THAT I THINK IT SHOULD AND NOT TAKING IT AS SERIOUSLY AS I THINK IT SHOULD AND EVEN INVITING LEGISLATORS TO INVITE THEM TO PARTICIPATE SO THEY CAN HEAR DIRECTLY FROM THEIR CONSTITUENTS. IF THEY HAVE OTHER IDEAS TO ADDRESS IT, I WANT TO WORK WITH THEM. WE CAN SIT AROUND THE TABLE, TALK ABOUT THESE ISSUES AND MAKE SOME PROGRESS. THEY WILL TAKE COMMUNITY, BUILDING, EDUCATION IS A COMMON THEME I HEARD IN A LOT OF THE ROUNDTABLES THAT WE NEED TO EDUCATE PEOPLE ABOUT A LOT OF THE ISSUES THAT WE’RE CONFRONTING BECAUSE IT’S IMPORTANT THAT THE POLICY CHANGES — THESE EFFORTS ARE A BIG PIECE OF IT, TOO.>>THEY CAN GO TO YOUR WEBSITE, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S WEBSITE AND FIND INFORMATION ON A LOT OF THESE ISSUES. IT’S A PROBLEM.>>IT IS. I HAVE REGALVANIZED THAT PROTECTION SECTION OVER THE LAST FIVE YEARS AND WE HAVE DONE A LOT TO PROTECT CONSUMERS FROM BAD ACTORS TAKING ADVANTAGE OF CONSUMERS AND RETURNED HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO VIRGINIA CONSUMERS WHO REALLY NEED IT. WE’VE HAD A FOCUS ON PREDATORY LENDING AND MAKING SURE THAT THOSE WHO ARE FINANCIALLY VULNERABLE ARE NOT TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF. THEY’RE OFFERING SHORT-TERM — IT’S EXZORBITANT INTEREST RATED AND THEY VIOLATE VIRGINIA LAWS AND WE’RE AGGRESSIVE IN ENFORCING OUR LAWS. WE NEED LAWS TO PROTECT VIRGINIA. I’LL GIVE YOU ONE RECENT ONE. CALLED FUTURE INCOME PAYMENTS WHERE OLDER RETIREES AND MILITARY FAMILIES FOR THEIR PENSIONS, CLAIMING THEY WERE HELPING THEM WITH A PENSION, A PORTION OF THEIR PENSION. IN FACT, THEY WERE DISGUISING INTEREST RATES THAT WERE REALLY PREDATORY AND WE WERE ABLE TO GET ALMOST $50 MILLION IN DEBT RELIEF AND OTHER PENALTIES AND OVER 1,000 IN VIRGINIA WERE HARMED BY THIS.>>THE CONSERVATIVE PROTECTION PART IN THREE EASY STEPS. SO IT’S RIGHT THERE FOR THEM. THE NEED FOR REFORM IN VIRGINIA’S CASH BAIL SYSTEM. WHAT’S THAT ABOUT THAT YOU’RE WORKING ON SOME.>>CASH BAIL IS ONE PIECE OF A LARGER EFFORT TO HELP REFORM OUR CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM IN A WAY THAT MAKES OUR SYSTEM MORE FAIR WHILE AT THE SAME TIME ADVANCING THE PUBLIC SAFETY GOALS. RIGHT NOW, VIRGINIA’S CASH BAIL SYSTEM, I WOULD CALL FOR REFORM BECAUSE TOO OFTEN, IT IS A SYSTEM THAT DETERMINES WHO HAS WEALTH RATHER THAN WHO IS REALLY A RISK TO THE COMMUNITY. AND CERTAINLY WE WANT PEOPLE WHO ARE A THREAT TO THE COMMUNITY, PUBLIC SAFETY THREAT, THAT WE WANT TO KEEP THE COMMUNITY SAFE BUT WE DON’T WANT LOW RISK, NONVIOLENT OFFENDERS SITTING IN JAIL AWAITING TRIAL WHEN THEY COULD BE BETTER SERVED UNDER PRETRIAL SERVICES. THERE’S BEEN A STUDY THAT SHOWS OVER HALF OF VIRGINIA’S JAIL POPULATION IS BAIL WAITING TRIAL. AND SO OFTEN, THESE ARE LOW RISK, NONVIOLENT OFFENDERS THAT WE ARE HOUSING IN THE JAILS AND THERE ARE OTHERS WHO MAY BE MORE DANGEROUS HAVE FINANCIAL NEEDS AND CAN GET RELIEF WHICH DOESN’T HELP KEEP OUR COMMUNITY SAFE. STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THAT IT ONLY TAKES A SHORT STAY IN JAIL BEFORE A DOWNWARD CYCLE OF DEBT AND RECIDIVISM BEGINS TO SET IN BECAUSE IF THEY HAD A JOB, IF THEY ARE SITTING IN JOB AWAITING TRIAL, THEY CAN’T SHOW UP FOR WORK AND LOSE THEIR JOB. THEY LOSE FAMILY SUPPORT. IT ONLY TAKES A VERY SHORT TIME IN JAIL FOR THAT TO BE THAT DOWNWARD SPIRAL. LAST YEAR, THERE ABOUT 28,000 VIRGINIA RELEASED UNDER PRETRIAL SUPERVISION AND 94% SHOWED UP FOR TRIAL. THERE IS A WAY TO MAKE IT MORE FAIR WHILE MEETING PUBLIC SAFETY GOALS.>>ONE OF THE THINGS I DIDN’T KNOW, I WAS ON THE LAG SITE, IS THAT THE HARDEST HIT VIRGINIA, VA TALKING ABOUT YOUR INITIATIVE AND THE WORK ON OPIOID ADDICTION AND HEROIN. THAT’S ALSO PART OF YOUR MISSION.>>THIS IS SOMETHING I’VE BEEN WORKING ON SINCE I TOOK OFFICE IN 2014. VIRGINIA LIKE THE ENTIRE COUNTRY, AN OPIOID EPIDEMIC HAS TAKEN THE LIVES OF OVER 1,000 VIRGINIA AND NO PART OF OUR COMMONWEALTH IS IMMUNE FROM THIS. WE’VE TAKEN A BROAD LOOK APPROACH IN TRYING TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE. WE HAVE SET PROSECUTIONS AGAINST TRAFFICKERS BRINGING HEROIN INTO OUR STATE. WE’VE DONE OVER 100 CASES INVOLVING HUNDREDS OF POUNDS OF HEROIN. BUT WE HAVE KNOWN FROM THE VERY BEGINNING THAT THIS WAS A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS AND THAT WE WERE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO ARREST OUR WAY OUT OF IT. WE FOCUSED A LOT ON PREVENTION AND EDUCATION. WE’VE DONE A CUTTING-EDGE VIDEO CALLED HEROIN, THE HARDEST HIT, TO BRING HOME TO YOUNG PEOPLE AND THEIR PARENTS JUST HOW DANGEROUS THESE DRUGS ARE. THIS IS A STORY OF REALLY VIRGINIA WHO HAVE BATTLED ADDICTION, AS WELL AS THE RESPONSE THEY’RE MAKING. SO WE’VE GONE AFTER THE HEALTH PROFESSIONALS WHO PUT THESE DANGEROUS DRUGS ON THE STREETS. THEY WILL REALIZE THAT THEY HAVE MISREAD THE PUBLIC AS WELL AS THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY ABOUT THE DANGERS, THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE DRUGS OR LACK OF IT, AS WELL AS DANGERS OF DRUG AND WHAT WE SAY IS, YOU KNOW, A CAUSE OF THIS CRISIS. EVERYBODY HAS A ROLE TO PLAY HERE. WE NEED TO RECOGNIZE THAT THIS IS SOMETHING THAT CAN HAPPEN TO ANYONE, IN THE MEDICINE CABINET, MORE SO THAN ON THE STREETS. IF YOU HAVE ANY UNUSED MEDICATIONS IN YOUR MEDICINE CABINETS, PROPERLY DISPOSE OF IT. THERE ARE A LOT OF DISPOSAL SITES SO TAKE IT TO. MAKE SURE YOUR MEDICATION IS LOCKED AT HOME BECAUSE A CHILD OR A GRANDCHILD MIGHT GET THEIR HANDS ON IT AND MISUSE IT. SO THERE ARE THINGS WE CAN ALL DO TO MAKE COMMUNITIES AND HOME SAFER.>>BEFORE TIMES RUN OUT, PEOPLE HEAR A LOT ABOUT THE JURY’S OPINIONS AND THEY DON’T KNOW WHEN YOU READ ABOUT THE OPINIONS AND ONE OF THE INTERESTING THING IS A MOTHER’S DAY OPINION, YOUR OPINION PERTAINING TO THE ERA AND STILL WOULD BE APPROPRIATE FOR VIRGINIA TO CONSIDER THAT.>>I THINK SO AND WOULDN’T IT BE GREAT IF VIRGINIA PUT US OVER THE TOP IN TERMS OF ERA. I HAVE BEEN A SUPPORTER FOR A LONG TIME AND LONG OVERDUE AND MAYBE SURE EVERYWHERE IS TREATED EQUALLY AND NOT DISCRIMINATED AGAINST. IT’S AN OPINION TO TALK ABOUT. TIME HAS PASSED FOR WHEN STATES CAN RATIFY BUT WE SEARCHED THE ISSUE AND FOUND THAT THE CONGRESS COULD ALWAYS ENGINES ED TIME FOR RATIFICATION. I HOPE THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY PASSES THIS AND PUTS IT OVER THE TOP.>>YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ANOTHER POSITION SOME TIME IN THE FUTURE. AND ANY COMMENTS ON THAT?>>I CAN CONFIRM WHAT MY FUTURE PLANS MIGHT, THE WORK I’VE DONE ON FIGHTING FOR PEOPLE’S HEALTHCARE AND STANDING UP AGAINST THE TRUMP AGENDA HAS BEEN SOME OF THE MOST IMPORTANT WORK I’VE BEEN INVOLVED IN. I’M PROUD THAT I’VE HELPED TO PLAY SOME PART IN HELPING TO BUILD A SAFER, MORE ECONOMICALLY DYNAMIC, MORE INCLUSIVE COMMONWEALTH AND THAT I’VE DONE THAT AS A COUNTY SUPERVISOR, STATE SENATOR AND NOW AN ATTORNEY GENERAL. THE BEST WAY TO CONTINUE THAT WORK WOULD BE AS GOVERNOR, BUT THAT’S DOWN THE ROAD AND THERE’S A LOT THAT MY TEAM AND I WANT TO ACCOMPLISH, A LOT I WOULD LIKE TO DO AS ATTORNEY GENERAL THAT WE’RE WORKING ON THE HATE CRIMES RIGHT NOW TO TRY TO COME BACK, HATE CRIMES IN VIRGINIA. WE’RE WORKING ON CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM. WE HAVE GALVANIZED THE CONSUMER PROTECTION SHINNING.>>A LOT OF WORK TO DO. YOU SAID THAT WAS NOT A FIT ON YOUR PART BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT FORMALLY CAMPAIGNING FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL, BUT YOU JUST INDICATED THAT YOU HAVE INTEREST THAT THAT POSITION.>>LIKE I SAID, THAT’S DOWN THE ROAD QUITE AWAYS. QUITE A WORK TO DO AS ATTORNEY GENERAL. I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO WORK WIG THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN THE UPCOMING SESSION. THE GOVERNOR JUST CAME OUT, LAID OUT SOME REALLY EXCITING BUDGET PROPOSALS. I THINK IT’S A FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE BUDGET PUTTING REALLY IMPORTANT INVESTMENTS IN EDUCATION, IN BROADBAND, IN HOUSES AND ALSO PROVIDES SOME TARGETED TAX RELIEF SO THEY CAN KEEP MORE OF THEIR PAYCHECK.>>THANK YOU FOR BEING ON THIS WEEK IN RICHMOND. THANK YOU FOR COMING.>>THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME. THIS WEEK THIS RICHMOND IS MADE POSSIBLE IN PART BY THE VIRGINIA EDUCATION ASSOCIATION, AN INVESTMENT IN TEACHERS TODAY WILL PAY DIVIDENDS TOMORROW. DIGNITY MEMORIAL, THE DIGNITY NETWORK PROVIDES MEMORIAL, CREMATION AND SERVICES THROUGHOUT THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA. VIRGINIA HOSPITAL AND HEALTHCARE ASSOCIATION FOR JOBS, THE ECONOMY AND PUBLIC HEALTH. VIRGINIA TOURISM CORPORATION PROMOTING WHY VIRGINIA IS FOR LOVERS, LOVERS OF WINE AND CRAFT BEERS, BEACHES, HISTORY, MUSIC AND MORE. FALL IN LOVE WITH VIRGINIA AT VIRGINIA.ORG. ADDITIONAL SUPPORT PROVIDED BY THESE SPONSORS. AND BY THE MEMBERS OF VIRGINIA’S PUBLIC TELEVISION STATIONS. THANK YOU.

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