Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Members of the Virginia General Assembly returned home to Mount Vernon on Saturday to discuss the latest from Richmond.
Del. Scott Surovell (D-44th) and State Senators Adam Ebbin (D-30th) and Toddy Puller (D-36th) relayed the progress of their bills to constituents on Saturday at the Mount Vernon Governmental Center, and briefly discussed pending legislation before the 2013 session comes to a close Feb. 23. Surovell has been working to get a statewide ban on texting while driving. "Personally, I don't think the bill goes far enough," he said. "Right now, if the bill carries, you're still allowed to browse the Internet while driving, play music and look at your phone and play 'Angry Birds' while driving. It's also a lot harder to enforce, I think. I think it ought to be hands-free….But at least it's the first step." For the latest on bills in the 2013 …
Friday, February 15, 2013
Ebbin: Proposed law was aimed at protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender state employees.
A Virginia House of Delegates subcommittee this week tabled a bill that would have prevented the state government from discriminating against someone based on their sexual orientation, essentially killing the matter for this legislative session. "What it means is that it's still perfectly legal to fire somebody because of their sexual orientation," state Sen. Adam Ebbin, D-Alexandria, told Patch. Ebbin and Sen. Don McEachin, a Richmond Democrat, were the primary sponsors of the bill, which passed the Senate late last month 24-16. Most of Virginia's top 25 employers have nondiscrimination policies in place that include sexual orientation, according to Ebbin's office. In 2005, then-Gov. Mark Warner issued an executive order that protected …
Sunday, February 3, 2013
Virginia Senate bill prohibits smoking in a vehicle when carrying kids aged 15 or younger.
Sunday, February 3
By Paige Baxter, Capital News Service The Virginia State Senate passed a bill to prohibit smoking in a vehicle when a child under 15 is present. Senators voted 30-10 for the bill, which now goes to the House of Delegates for consideration. All Democrats — including Vienna's senators Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax City) and Janet Howell (D-Reston) — supported the bill, along with half of the Senate Republicans. Under Senate Bill 975, proposed by Sen. Ralph Northam (D-Virginia Beach and Norfolk), people who violate the proposed law would face a civil penalty of $100. On the floor of the Senate, Northam said the legislation was inspired by a third-grader who told Northam his parents smoke in the car with him. “It will protect our children and …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Lawmakers return from Richmond to meet with constituents for town hall meeting Saturday. Got any questions about pending legislation and the future of the Commonwealth?
The 2013 Virginia General Assembly is in full swing, and members of the Northern Virginia delegation will return to hold a town hall meeting Saturday at 10 a.m. Virginia State Del. Mark Sickles (D-43rd), Sen. George Barker (D-39th), Senator Adam Ebbin (D-30th), Sen. Toddy Puller (D-36th) and Lee District Supervisor Jeff McKay will speak to constituents at the Kingstowne Thompson Center, 6090 Kingstowne Village Pkwy., about pending legislation and answers about the General Assembly session. Opening remarks by the representatives will be followed by a Q&A.
Monday, December 10, 2012
Sen. Dick Saslaw says it's tough to get a bill offering more controls on guns through the Virginia General Assembly. Sen. Adam Ebbin agrees.
Trying to get more stringent gun control legislation through the Virginia General Assembly is something of a losing battle, according to at least two state lawmakers representing Northern Virginia. Sen. Dick Saslaw (D-35th) lamented that he’s tried multiple times to tighten up Virginia’s gun rights, but to little avail. He told audience members of a state legislative forum held at Alexandria’s City Hall that three years ago he introduced a bill after a man shot and killed two police officers before shooting and killing himself. Saslaw said in response, he introduced a bill making it illegal in Virginia to bring a gun onto police grounds. The Senate then narrowed that measure by making it illegal to bring a gun into a police station. House …
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Proposals by area legislators include hike in gas tax, campaign sign clutter, giving localities right to ban smoking in parks.
Northern Virginia lawmakers will make their case for hiking gas taxes, banning smoking in parks, cutting the clutter of campaign signs and dozens of other proposals beginning at 12 Noon Wednesday, the official start of the 2012 legislative session of the General Assembly in Richmond. The three proposals are just a sampling of what lawmakers will consider during the 60-day session in the state capital. Lawmakers' first order of business may be to determine who is in charge in the Senate. Evenly divided by party, it's uncertain whether Republican Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling can step in and serve as a tie-breaker on some votes. At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Gov. Bob McDonnell will deliver his State of the Commonwealth address. A budget shortfall …
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Candidates must report any donation or loan of $1,000 or more in final two weeks leading up to primary, by 5 p.m. next day.
Primary election voting will soon be underway in the state of Virginia, including several competitive races in the Northern Virginia area. As the clock ticks closer to Tuesday, some primary candidates are reporting, by state law, any campaign donations or loans of $1,000 or more to the State Board of Elections. After receiving a donation or loan, candidates must report the amounts and donors by 5 p.m. the next day. The Virginia Public Access Project tracks donations and plans to update the list daily through Tuesday, the day of the primary. Here's a sampling of some of the last-minute donations and loans to area primary candidates, according to VPAP: Senate District 30 Democratic Primary Race: Adam Ebbin reported a $5,000 donation from …