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Keeping the Commonwealth Safe

Delegate Herring with Governor McAuliffe signing one of her bills into law

As a member of the Virginia State Crime Commission, the Governor’s Taskforce on Heroin and Prescription Drugs, and the House Courts of Justice Committee, Delegate Herring takes making the Commonwealth a safer and more just place as a serious priority.

Working across the aisle and with the executive branch, she was able to make great strides toward that goal by passing the following legislation in the 2015 General Assembly Session:

Missing Person Search and Rescue: HB 1808 is a bill that is the result of the unfortunate case of Hannah Graham. This bill comprehensively reforms missing persons procedures for critically missing adults, reducing time and cutting through red tape, and will hopefully save many lives in the future.

Private Police Departments: HB 1606 brought private police departments under state jurisdiction and requires officers of private police departments to comply with state and municipal law and training requirements.

Cigarette Trafficking: HB 1807 is part of a larger legislative agenda that works to eliminate illegal cigarette trafficking through Virginia, which is being used to fund terrorism and organized crime.

Prescription Monitoring Program: HB 1841 requires health care providers and pharmacists to participate in the prescription monitoring program that is used to help prevent doctor prescription overdose and escalation to heroin abuse.

Writ of Actual Innocence: HB 1882 deals with ensuring a fair and expedient process for a person who has been wrongly convicted and is serving time in prison.

Some of Delegate Herring's 2015 Legislative Successes