Senate unanimously passes Chipman resolution calling on Congress to strengthen laws against mass violence and domestic terrorism

Posted: March 20, 2018 | Senator Chipman

AUGUSTA — The Maine Senate voted unanimously on Tuesday to pass a joint resolution strongly condemning the violence in Charlottesville late last summer and formally requesting that Congress strengthen the laws against domestic terrorism and mass violence. The resolution was sponsored by Sen. Ben Chipman, D-Portland.

“Our country is under attack and our response needs to be more than thoughts and prayers. We need action now,” said Sen. Chipman. “This joint resolution calls on Congress to strengthen the laws on mass violence and domestic terrorism so we can prevent these attacks in the future.”

Sen. Chipman began working on this resolution following the horrific events that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia last year. In August of 2018, a demonstration of white nationalists led to the tragic death of counter-protester Heather Heyer and left 19 others injured after a white nationalist drove a car into the crowd.

This resolution seeks to condemn this hateful act and urge Congress to do more in response to domestic terrorism, mass violence and racially-biased incidents in the United States.

Bills and certain resolutions submitted for consideration during the Second Regular Session must be approved by a majority of the 10-member Legislative Council. The Council is comprised of the five top Democrats and five Republicans in the House and Senate, meaning bipartisan support was required for this resolution to be accepted.

Sen. Chipman is the lead Senate Democrat on the Health and Human Service Committee. The joint resolution passed in the Senate 34-0. It will now head to the floor of the House for a vote.