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Saslaw: UVA Bill Ready to Submit This Week

State Sen. Richard Saslaw (right) with State Del. Marcus Simon at Monday’s Falls Church City Council meeting. (Photo: News-Press)
State Sen. Richard Saslaw (right) with State Del. Marcus Simon at Monday’s Falls Church City Council meeting. (Photo: News-Press)

State Sen. Richard Saslaw, who represents Falls Church in the Virginia State Senate, and who spoke passionately against the “culture of rape and official coverup” recently exposed at the University of Virginia to the Falls Church City Council last week, told the News-Press Tuesday that his bill to make it a crime for any university official to fail to report a sexual assault to local police within 24 hours is almost ready to be dropped into the legislative process.

Many bills are submitted in December in advance of convening of the annual legislative session in Richmond in January. Saslaw’s bill has been complemented by one being introduced into the House of Delegates by State Del. Eileen Filler-Corn (D-Springfield) that has been assigned the number of HB-1343.

Saslaw, whose extended angry remarks in depth before the F.C. City Council went viral across the Commonwealth, said he’s received very positive feedback from people throughout Virginia, and that he fully intends to push his legislation to the maximum as the powerful ranking Democrat in the state senate.