- Report Published -
|Interim Report of the Human Rights Study Commission|
|General Assembly; Special Commission|
|HJR 339 (Regular Session, 1985)|
|The Human Rights Study Commission was established as a result of two identical joint resolutions adopted at the 1985 Session of the General Assembly (House Joint Resolution No. 339 and Senate Joint Resolution No. 140). The Commission specifically was directed to review House Bill 900, which was introduced in the 1984 Session and carried over to the 1985 Session before being withdrawn in favor of this study. House Bill 900 proposed a comprehensive state human rights act and would have created a state human rights commission to administer and enforce the act. In this context, the Commission also was asked to review the laws of other states and any local ordinances currently in force among Virginia's local governments.|
Appointed as House members of the Commission were Delegates Vincent F. Callahan, Jr., of Fairfax and Chief Patron of HJR No. 339; C. Richard Cranwell of Roanoke County; and Howard E. Copeland of Norfolk. Members appointed from the Senate were Senators Richard L. Saslaw of Fairfax and Chief Patron of SJR No. 140, and L. Douglas Wilder of Richmond City. (*1) The membership of the Commission was completed in July with the appointment by the Governor of the following citizen members: John D. Bassett, III, of Galax, Harrietta Eley of Norfolk, Antonia V. Hollomon of Richmond, Michael J. Schewel of Richmond, and Jon D. Strother of Springfield. Delegate Callahan was elected Chairman and Senator Saslaw Vice-Chairman at the organizational meeting of the Commission in Richmond on August 16.
1. Senator Wilder subsequently resigned from the Commission effective December 3, 1985, upon his election as Lieutenant Governor.