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March 21, 2024

In response to Gov. Youngkin's vetoes of more than 20 bills, ACLU of Virginia Policy Director Chris Kaiser released the following statement:

“It’s disingenuous for the governor to use so-called ‘public safety’ as an excuse to veto common sense legislation to incentivize good behavior, make it safer to report overdoses, and protect people with special needs in distress. 

“If Governor Youngkin – or the Virginia Sheriffs’ Association – were serious about public safety, they wouldn’t make it harder for people to come forward when they need help. Families devastated by the opioid crisis, people with incarcerated loved ones, immigrants to the Commonwealth, and all Virginians deserve better than what they got from the governor."