Governor Northam Offers State of the Commonwealth

Highlights Priorities, Reviews Accomplishments of 2018

January 09, 2019 - 8:03 pm

Richmond, Va. (Newsradiowrva.com) -- Governor Ralph Northam gave his annual State of the Commonwealth speech Wednesday night, focusing mostly on areas where the General Assembly and he came to agreement in 2018, and not hitting on the big issue of tax reform until the end of the speech.  The Governor also address the issue of gun control, but only for a short time, and asking for a dialogue on the topic.

The Governor focused a great deal on "working together," trying to draw a contrast with the Federal Government in Washington, currently mired in a shutdown over border security and President Donald Trump's demand for a wall on the southern border.

Northam did call for an "extreme risk law" for gun owners, allowing for police and the courts to remove firearms temporarily from homes where people have shown dangerous behavior and are a risk to themselves or others.  He did not offer specifics in the speech, but has previously.  The proposal would allow courts to order the removal, with a hearing to be held within two weeks to determine if it was justified.

The General Assembly meets for 46 days this year.  The session is scheduled to wrap up February 23rd.