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McDougle Expungement Bill Passes Senate Committee!

While we are talking about my senator – Ryan McDougle – I am pleased to see his expungement bill pass a senate committee.  Here’s the story from the R T-D:

Sen. Ryan T. McDougle, R-Hanover — a law-and-order conservative leader and chairman of the Senate’s Republican caucus — acknowledged to the Senate Courts of Justice committee on Wednesday that historically he has been reluctant to support legislation expanding expungement of criminal offenses.

But McDougle, a lawyer and a legislator since 2002, said he’s begun to see on a daily basis that the real-life impact of some laws passed in the General Assembly is far more significant than what lawmakers intended. He noted that one of his clients, a medical student, had trouble getting a residency because of one charge of underage possession of alcohol.


Of course, there should not be an absolute prohibition of alcohol for those 18-20 years old – that was the result of meddling by the Federal Government egged on by do-gooders – that is a pure state issue.  But this bill shows vision.  Thanks Senator McDougle!

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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