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  • 8-15-2014
    Press Release
  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
    Contact: Rebecca Barteau
    757-912-1644


    Delegate Morris Requests an Opinion from Attorney General


    Daily Press

    Article written by Ryan Murphy on August 12, 2014

    Delegate Morris Requests an Opinion from Attorney General

    From the Daily Press: ISLE OF WIGHT - Del. Rick Morris, R-Carrollton, will request an opinion from Attorney General Mark Herring later this week about whether the Isle of Wight County Fair Committee's decision to bar him from handing out legislative literature constitutes a violation of his free speech rights.


    Morris spoke earlier this summer with county Parks and Recreation staff, who work closely with fair organizers, about setting up a booth during the fair. The booth was to feature Morris in a dunk tank with proceeds to benefit Isle of Wight's Voices for Kids CASA program and printed legislative updates from Morris' office.


    The parks staff told him that based on the committee's policy, which bars political groups from exhibiting during the fair, he wouldn't be able to set up his booth. Not content with that response, Morris sent a letter in July about the issue to Board of Supervisors Chairman Byron "Buzz" Bailey. The Board of Supervisors sent the issue to the fair committee to get a final ruling straight from the organizers.


    The fair committee is the citizen-run arm of the board, but is not a government organization, according to county spokesman Don Robertson.


    The committee met on July 28 and relayed its response to the board - that the dunk tank was fine, but the legislative information Morris wanted to hand out too closely resembled political literature that the committee had voted to ban last October.


    Committee Chairman Danny Byrum said Tuesday said the committee heard a lot of complaints from commercial vendors and fairgoers about having political messages pushed on them and decided after last year's fair to disallow booths for political groups. Byrum said many fair organizations around the state have done the same.


    Morris, an attorney, said he just wanted to be able to lay out what was done in the General Assembly this year and make himself available for people to talk to him if they have questions or concerns. He argues that he doesn't think it's right that the committee, an arm of the Board of Supervisors, can decide who can exhibit based on what they have to say.


    "The ultimate issue wasn't about me having a dunk tank, the issue was about the county selecting who's able to disseminate information and who's not, which for me comes down to fundamental constitutional rights," Morris said.


    Byrum said the committee can't and won't stop people from coming into the fair and expressing their views. "That is freedom of speech, but we do have a say on what vendors are there and who has a booth there," he said.


    Morris said he is drafting a letter to the Attorney General's Office and plans to send it off on Thursday.


    Please view the attachments below for the
    Letter from the Isle of Wight Board of Supervisors and the
    Letter from Delegate Morris to the Attorney General.

    Letter from Isle of Wight Board of Supervisors
    Letter from Delegate Morris to Attorney General



  • 4-11-2013
    Press Release
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    Contact: Kristin Brawley
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    Delegate Rick Morris Passes Long
    Awaited Budget Amendment for
    Western Tidewater Regional Jail


    Richmond, VA - Delegate Rick Morris (R - Isle of Wight), announced that his Budget Amendment to assist Isle of Wight County, the City of Franklin, and the City of Suffolk has been added to the 2013-2014 Budget. Western Tidewater Regional Jail is operated by Isle of Wight County, City of Franklin and the City of Suffolk and is one of the most understaffed, local correctional facilities in the state. This budget amendment will offset some of the funds that the jail must forward to the State which will allow the jail to increase their staff therefore making a safer work environment for employees as well as the inmates and visitors.


    "The County of Isle of Wight, the City of Franklin and the City of Suffolk fund the operation of the jail. In these tough economic times this $431,000 will help these localities." - Delegate Rick Morris


    Delegate Morris submitted the Budget Amendment of $431,000 to help recover some of the jails costs associated with housing federal inmates. Currently, the Western Tidewater Regional holds federal inmates and receives funds from the federal government for doing so. However, due to language placed in the State code in 2005 the State requires the Western Tidewater Regional Jail to pay a portion of the Federal Inmate Per Diem to the State to recover the "State funded cost".


    Delegate Morris stated that, "the problem with the State requiring the jail to forward the funds received from the federal government is that the State did not assist in funding the construction of the jail annex where the federal inmates are housed." "This is fundamentally unfair for the citizens of these localities to bear the cost of building the extra jail facility and the State reaping the rewards."


    The State recovers 1.3 million dollars every year from the Western Tidewater Regional Jail. This budget amendment is a small step to help bring these funds back to these localities.



  • 2-11-2013
    Press Release
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    804-698-1064


    Press Release: Delegate Rick Morris Post
    Telephone Town Hall Update for the 64th District


    Richmond, VA - Delegate Rick Morris (R - Isle of Wight), held a Telephone Town Hall for all citizens of the 64th District on February 7th 2013. The purpose of the Telephone Town Hall was to gather citizen input on important issues and concerns being considered by the General Assembly during the 2013 Session.


    There were 2,733 people who joined the Telephone Town Hall. Many issues were addressed but the main topic of discussion was Virginia's roads and bridges. Nearly every person agreed that Virginia's roads and bridges must be addressed, but there was a great amount of debate as how to pay for the maintenance and new construction of our roads and bridges.


    79% of the participants do not want money to come out of the general fund (which pays for education, police, and other public safety). However, 66% do not believe in raising any taxes to pay for the roads. Another diverse issue is the automatic restoration of voting rights to non-violent felons which 50% are for and 50% opposed. On the question of lifting the ban on mining uranium in Virginia, 79% are in favor if it can be done safely.


    "I am honored to represent the people of Virginia's 64th District and was delighted to listen and answer their questions and concerns on the important issues we face in Virginia. I will continue to hold town hall meetings in the local towns to discuss the issues facing Virginia."


    To contact Delegate Morris with your concerns or comments you can write to him at P.O. Box 128 Carrollton, VA 23314, you may also email him at delrmorris@house.virginia.gov or call at 757-912-1644



  • 1-30-2013
    Press Release
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    Delegate Rick Morris Hosting
    Telephone Town Hall for the 64th District


    Richmond, VA - Delegate Rick Morris (R - Isle of Wight), will hold a Telephone Town Hall for all citizens of the 64th District. The purpose of this Telephone Town Hall is to gather citizen input on important issues and concerns that may be considered by the General Assembly during the 2013 Session.


    Delegate Morris knows the value of the opinions of the people residing in his district and would like to make this an opportunity for their voices to be heard.


    "I am honored to represent the people of Virginia's 64th District and look forward to hearing their opinions on these important issues we face in the upcoming 2013 Session. I urge all citizens to call in for the Telephone Town Hall on February 7th and voice their concerns on the issues that affect our State."


    Delegate Morris was elected in 2011 to represent Virginia's 64th District and serves on the Courts of Justice Committee, Counties, Cities and Towns Committee and the Militia, Police and Public Safety Committee. In addition to his legislative duties, Delegate Morris was also appointed to serve on the Forensic Science Board, the Virginia Alcohol Safety Program, and the Brown v. Board of Education Scholarship Committee.


    Your input is vital. The date of the Telephone Town Hall is February 7th, 2013 beginning at 7pm. To participate, the dial-in number is 1-888-886-6603 ext 20881.



  • 11-06-2012
    Press Release
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    Delegate Rick Morris Appointed to Brown v. Board
    of Education Scholarship Committee


    SMITHFIELD, VA - Delegate Rick Morris (R - Isle of Wight), announced this afternoon his appointment by Joint Rules Committee of the Virginia General Assembly to the Brown v. Board of Education Scholarship Committee.

    The Committee administers the Brown v. Board of Education Scholarship Fund, established in 2004, which provides funding to Virginians affected by the public school closings between 1954 and 1964 in jurisdictions of the Commonwealth that sought to avoid desegregation. The Brown v. Board of Education program provides funding and support for recipients to pursue a high school degree, General Education Development certificate, career and vocational training, an undergraduate degree and various other enrichment opportunities.

    "Delegate Morris is a welcome addition to our Caucus. I am confident his bright, conservative voice will be an asset to the Brown v. Board of Education Committee much as it is for our Caucus," said Speaker of the House of Delegates William J. Howell (R - Stafford).

    Delegate Morris was elected in 2011 to represent Virginia's 64th House District and serves on the Courts of Justice Committee, Counties, Cities and Towns Committee and the Militia, Police and Public Safety Committee. In addition to his legislative duties, Delegate Morris was also appointed to serve on the Forensic Sciences Board and the Virginia Alcohol Safety Program.

    "I am honored to serve on the Brown v. Board of Education Scholarship Committee and to be a part of its important mission and goals. I look forward to working with all of the talented members of this committee and to meet the wonderful and deserving recipients of the scholarship program.."


  • 03-07-2012
    Rick Morris
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