Wednesday, April 10, 2013
State lawmakers rejected amendments requested by Virginia's governor.
The General Assembly has rejected Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s changes to an education bill affecting Alexandria's Jefferson-Houston School. “This leaves him with the option of signing a very problematic bill and hoping the General Assembly will fix it next year,” said Del. Rob Krupicka (D-45th). He hopes the governor will veto the bill. “I’d like to see the governor veto this bill and put in a place a commission to develop a proposal for the next General Assembly session for the best way to help these schools,” Krupicka said. He highlighted that the General Assembly convening in January will “have one more crack at this before any takeover can happen,” he said. McDonnell signed legislation creating the Opportunity Educational Institution…
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Alexandria-area representatives to answer questions about General Assembly session.
Del. Rob Krupicka (D-45th) and Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-30th) are hosting a town hall meeting from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Charles Houston Recreation Center in Old Town Alexandria to discuss this winter's General Assembly session. The Alexandria-area representatives will take comments and questions during the 90-minute session. No RSVP is necessary. Krupicka, a former member of both the Alexandria City Council and the Virginia Board of Education, was elected to the House of Delegates in a special election in September 2012. Visit Richmond Sunlight for a detailed look at the bills Krupicka has worked on this session. Ebbin is in his first term as senator, winning election to the office in 2011. He was previously a state delegate …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Measures that have passed the state House and Senate would allow a newly created body to take over schools that have been denied state accreditation.
The Virginia House and Senate have passed separate but similar legislation that would create and empower a body to take over any school that has been denied state accreditation, such as Alexandria’s Jefferson-Houston School. Del. Rob Krupicka (D-45th) is staunchly opposed to the measures for their failure to include input from localities housing such schools. “There’s no due process. This board has unilateral power to take a school over from a school district,” Krupicka told Patch. “There’s no check on that power, no obligation to meet with the community. …The board is created to be the judge, jury and the executioner.” House Bill 2096 creates the Opportunity Educational Institution to be administered and supervised by the Opportunity …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Bill offered by Del. Krupicka would have required businesses to let people with certain bowel disorders use their employee restrooms in an emergency.
Wednesday, January 23
By Allison Landry Capital News Service RICHMOND — A legislative panel has killed a bill designed to give Virginians suffering from Crohn’s disease or similar medical conditions immediate access to a toilet. A subcommittee of the House Courts of Justice Committee shelved House Bill 1375, which would have required businesses to let people with certain bowel disorders use their employee restrooms in an emergency. The so-called Restroom Access Act, sponsored by Del. Rob Krupicka, D-Alexandria, would have applied to business that do not have public toilet facilities. The bill exempted banks, filling stations and other retail establishments “where providing access would create an obvious security risk.” Opponents feared the legislation might …