Thursday, May 9, 2013
Richmond representatives to discuss upcoming changes to state laws.
The Alexandria Democratic Committee will host a 2013 legislative review session with the five elected officials who represent Alexandria in the Virginia State Capitol on Tuesday, May 14, at George Washington Middle School on Mount Vernon Avenue. State Sens. Dick Saslaw (D-35th), George Barker (D-39th) and Adam Ebbin (D-30th) along with Dels. Charniele Herring (D-46th) and Rob Krupicka (D-45th) will discuss the 2013 session and upcoming changes to state laws. Attendees will also be given an opportunity “to talk to their elected officials about what’s important to them and the local community,” according to a press release. Saslaw is the leading Democrat in the Senate, while Herring is the House Minority Whip. The event is scheduled to …
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Alexandria Sen. Adam Ebbin voted against amendment that will prohibit certain health insurance companies in Virginia from providing coverage for women seeking an abortion.
By Mark Robinson Capital News Service The General Assembly on Wednesday narrowly approved an amendment by Gov. Bob McDonnell that will prohibit certain health insurance companies in Virginia from providing coverage for women seeking an abortion. McDonnell added the anti-abortion amendment to House Bill 1900, sponsored by Delegate Thomas Davis Rust (R-Herndon). The assembly passed the bill in February to comply with the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Under the system, Virginians who cannot afford health insurance will participate in a federally operated health insurance exchange. McDonnell’s amendment will prohibit insurers participating in the exchange from covering abortion except in the case of rape or incest or if …
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Vienna-area Sen. Janet Howell calls compromise — expected to raise $880 million a year for roads and mass transit —"truly the best we're going to get."
Sunday, February 24
By Stephen Nielsen, Capital News Service A divided Virginia Senate on Saturday passed Gov. Bob McDonnell’s signature issue of the 2013 legislative session – a bill to overhaul the state’s system for funding transportation. Just hours before the session’s end, the Senate voted 25-15 for House Bill 2313, which will raise about $880 million a year more for roads and mass transit by increasing sales taxes while lowering the fuels tax. The debate over how to increase revenue continued right up to the vote. “To me, the final bill represents bad economics and bad transportation policy,” said Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria), who believes the state should raise its gasoline tax to address the problems. “This isn’t any bill. This is the only bill,” …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
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Thursday, February 7
Dear Editor, This year Del. Alfonso Lopez and Sen. Adam Ebbin patroned similar bills designed to extend in-state college tuition to Virginia youth that qualify for residency under the new federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Currently, these students must pay out-of-state tuition for Virginia colleges even if they have lived, and their parents have paid taxes, in the commonwealth for decades. Without in-state tuition to help them afford higher education, many — if not most — of these young people will unable to advance their education and will be relegated to a second-class existence. By letting them pay in-state tuition, Virginia would invest in its future workforce and enhance the ability of these young people to …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
If the senate's redistricting proposal passes the House of Delegates and is signed into law, Sen. Adam Ebbin would become Alexandria's only state senator.
Monday night’s Republican-led effort to redistrict Virginia's state senate would push Alexandria voters out of the districts of Virginia Sens. George Barker (D-39th) and Dick Saslaw (D-35th). The changes, which were introduced as an amendment to a larger bill late Monday, are awaiting House approval and would take effect in 2015. However, Democrats, including Barker, said the move is unconstitutional at best. Republicans called the redistricting attempt "an effort to create another majority black Senate district." It comes two years after Gov. Bob McDonnell signed the state's traditional redistricting plan, crafted every 10 years with census data in years that end in "1." However, introducing yet another plan is unconstitutional, Senate …
Friday, January 18, 2013
After introducing gun safety legislation, Ebbin hopes to prove a point by purchasing a 30-round extended clip without background check.
State Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-30th) and Del. Patrick Hope (D-47th) have introduced a package of gun safety legislation to require universal background checks on prospective firearms purchasers (SB 1232 / HB 2025), close the gun show loophole and tighten restrictions on the sale of weapons to the mentally ill (SB1109 / HB 2221). To drive home their point, the two Northern Virginia lawmakers purchased guns from a private seller at a gun show without a background check and made videos of the transactions. At a news conference Tuesday in Richmond, Ebbin displayed a 30-round ammunition magazine he purchased for $20. "Buying a 30-round magazine should not be as easy as buying a candy bar,” he said in a news release. He noted a 30-round magazine was …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Lawmakers gather at the state Capitol.
The Virginia General Assembly convened Wednesday for its 2013 session at the state Capitol in Richmond with lots of hot-button issues before them such as transportation, school security, gun laws and uranium mining. As they arrived, lawmakers likely saw several hundred protesting demonstrators on both sides of the abortion debate demonstrating outside of the Capitol. According to Richmond Sunlight, the 100 members of the House of Delegates have filed 1,153 bills and the 40 members of the Senate have filed 597. The 140 elected representatives are from an equal number of constituent districts across the commonwealth. The House of Delegates is presided over by the Speaker of the House. The Senate is presided over by the Lieutenant Governor of…
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 …
Public comment largely centered on voting rights and health care issues.
State legislators convened at Alexandria City Hall last week to hear public comment on hot topics for their constituents, which included health care and voting rights with various other topics peppered throughout the discussion. Senators Adam Ebbin, D-30; George Barker, D-39; and Dick Saslaw, D-35; along with Delegates Rob Krupicka, D-45, and Charniele Herring, D-46, answered audience questions during the event, hosted by the League of Women Voters. There seemed to be a rare general consensus among the lawmakers and the speakers — mostly senior citizens — on the topic of health care that Virginia should set up a health care exchange. Citizens said the state should establish its own set of regulated health care plans before the federal …
Friday, August 31, 2012
U.S. Senate candidate takes walking tour of Arlandria, talks economy with Hispanic business leaders.
U.S. Senate candidate Tim Kaine (D) spent much of Thursday in Alexandria meeting with Hispanic business owners as part of a Latino voter outreach ahead of the November election. In the morning, the former Virginia governor participated in a roundtable discussion with Latino business leaders at SBG Technology Solutions near Braddock Road Metro station. SBG is a defense contractor owned by Carlos Del Toro, a service-disabled veteran. Kaine then took a walking tour of Arlandria, making stops at Marcela’s Bakery, El Pulgarcito and Beatriz Hair Salon and Academy. He was escorted by Juan Nelson Zavaleta, president of the Arlandria-Chirilagua Business Association, and joined by State Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-30th) and Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille. “The…