Del. Ebbin Heads to Richmond After Fundraiser in Old Town
Virginia Del. Ebbin plans to address bullying in schools as well as environmental and transportation issues
Virginia Del. Adam Ebbin (D-49) outlined his goals and plans for the upcoming General Assembly session in Richmond at a Friday evening event in Old Town Alexandria.
Several dozen supporters turned out to attend the $50-per-head fundraiser at Café Nicole on Queen St.
“I will be introducing a bill to establish penalties for extreme cases of bullying in the Virginia schools,” he told Old Town Alexandria Patch. “A kid committed suicide last May in Yorktown, but the sheriff could not conduct an investigation because bullying isn’t against the law in Virginia. My bill will call for an expulsion policy, and establish civil penalties and even jail time for offenders in extreme cases.”
A second bill on character education, designed to prevent bullying, will be introduced by Virginia Democratic Del. David Englin (D-45). Ebbin plans to co-sponsor this bill. “This and my bill are really companion bills,” said Ebbin, who was first elected to the House of Delegates in 2003.
He also plans to reintroduce unsuccessful legislation from last session on river and stream cleanup in the state. The bill imposes a 5 cent per bag fee on plastic or paper bags such as those used in grocery stores. Revenue from the tax would be deposited in a waterway cleanup fund. Legislation clarifying the state’s nondiscrimination laws is also on his agenda for the upcoming session.
Working with Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell and a Republican majority in the House of Delegates will present some challenges, Ebbin noted. He expressed concern about the financial stewardship of the state.
“The governor has made a number of significant proposals—many with merit,” he said. “The governor plans to ask for $4 billion in desperately needed transportation spending in the state. He wants to issue bonds, and we have to figure out how to pay for this and keep our AAA bond rating. Virginia is a very well managed state and we need to keep it that way with no more financial gimmickry.”
Ebbin was less enamored of McDonnell’s proposal to privatize the state’s ABC stores. “This move would triple the number of state outlets for hard liquor,” Ebbin said, “and this is a bad idea for the 49th District. Financially, it is also a bad idea and will end up losing money for the state.”
Ebbin, the only openly gay member of the Virginia General Assembly, according to his website, represents the 49th District, which covers a large part of South Arlington, the Del Ray and Arlandria portions of Alexandria and parts of Bailey's Crossroads in Fairfax County. Ebbin serves on the Education; Transportation; and Health, Welfare and Institutions committees.
He has lived in the city since 1989.