Delegate Scores High Marks for Support of Family Oriented Legislation

Delegate Chris Peace Receives Score of 100% from Family Foundation Action

Richmond, VA – Delegate Christopher K. Peace (R-Mechanicsville) today received a score of 100% from the Family Foundation Action on his 2006- 2007 General Assembly key voting record.

Adhering to common-sense conservative principles and upholding the traditional values of Virginians, Peace fought for legislation to protect school children from pornography, expand parental involvement in their children’s education and extra-curricular school activities, and increase the information available to those making difficult medical decisions. “As a Delegate and as a husband, I have an obligation to fight for our families and support pro-family policies. The legislation considered for this Action report card comprises common sense measures directly protecting and promoting healthy families across the Commonwealth,” Peace emphasized. “Having worked with the Family Foundation, I am proud to carry on these measures as a legislator.”

One bill which received close scrutiny was House Bill 2197 which protects children from pornography by requiring libraries receiving state funding to install technology protection measures to filter or block Internet access through such computers to child pornography and to prevent the on-screen depiction of obscenity, or material that is harmful to minors.

A co-patron of Death Tax Repeal legislation passed by the 2006 General Assembly Peace reports that the tax will be fully repealed effective July 1, 2007, resulting in nearly a billion dollars in tax relief and representing the largest tax relief measure enacted by the General Assembly since 1998. This action by the legislature to repeal the death tax will help relieve the financial burden placed on Virginia's farmers and small business owners, and will foster greater economic growth, investment and stability for these communities.

Other legislation supported by Delegate Peace includes a property rights protection measure, House Bill 2954. Having sponsored similar legislation to amend the Virginia Constituion, this bill will likewise negate the effects of the decision of the United States Supreme Court in Kelo v. New London, which increased the taking powers of government through eminent domain; strong legislation to restrict the rights of governments under eminent domain increases the protection for every property owner.

Peace stated, “Since the Kelo decision, Americans have had to look to state government to protect their property rights. The legislature answered that call, protecting the rights of Virginians and more importantly the residents of our district.”

Peace, who serves on the Health, Welfare and Institutions, also lead the legislative effort to involve parents in a significant health decision that will affect many young women, especially middle school aged female children. House Bill 2035 as introduced would have mandated every female to receive three properly spaced doses of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine beginning on or after the child's eleventh birthday. Peace amended House Bill 2035 to include an opt-out provision protecting a parent’s ability to direct the health care of their own children. “Before children enter school, it makes good public health sense that they be vaccinated against diseases that can spread easily in school and cause epidemics,” affirmed Peace. “HPV doesn't fall into this category since HPV cannot innocently be “caught” in a classroom unlike measles or mumps.”

“As the representative from the 97th District, I will continue to fight for our traditional family values, uphold initiatives that strengthen families and protect the unborn.”. Delegate Christopher K. Peace was elected to represent the 97th District of the Virginia House of Delegates on January 24, 2006. The 97th District includes parts of Hanover, Caroline, King William, King and Queen, Henrico, Spotsylvania Counties and all of New Kent County. Peace now sits on the prominent House of Courts of Justice, Health Welfare and Institutions, and Science and Technology Committees.