Surprising notes from a conference call

Published 11:16 pm Friday, January 31, 2014

By Delegate Rick Morris

I held a Telephone Town Hall for the citizens of the 64th District on Jan. 23. 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 2014 session.

There were 3,041 people who joined the conference call. Many issues were addressed, but the main topic of discussion was Medicaid expansion and Obamacare in Virginia. Of those polled, 71 percent agreed that Obamacare should be repealed, and 68 percent agreed that Medicaid expansion is not for Virginia.

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Seventy-five percent of those polled did not want to repeal the Virginia Marriage Amendment, which is an amendment to the Constitution of Virginia that defines marriage as solely between one man and one woman and bans recognition of any legal status of gay marriage.

Also, 71 percent of those who participated in the call agreed that homeschooled children should be able to participate in public school sports programs, and a whopping 86 percent of those polled agreed that the Standard of Learning tests should be reformed.

I thoroughly enjoyed discussing the issues during the town hall. I am surprised at some of the numbers from the poll questions, but I always learn something new when discussing the issues.

To contact me with your concerns or comments, you can write to me at P.O. Box 128 Carrollton, VA 23314, or email me at You can also call 912-1644.

Del. Richard L. “Rick” Morris represents the 64th House District — which includes portions of Suffolk and Isle of Wight — in the Virginia House of Delegates. Email him at