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Legislature returns Friday to fix glitch in ethics bills

April 16, 2015News Clip

Posted: Wednesday, April 15, 2015 8:30 pm

The Virginia General Assembly has delayed until Friday a vote on a series of amendments proposed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe designed to clarify and tighten new rules on gifts and the conduct of state and local public officials.

The holdup Wednesday as the legislature reconvened was over the proposed $100 aggregate cap on gifts that a lawmaker can receive each calendar year. As it turned out, the governor’s proposed amendment could be interpreted to be a lifetime limit, rather than an annual limit.

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Democratic Legislators Zero In to Urge 4 McAuliffe Vetoes

March 12, 2015News Clip

March 11, 2015, 7:06 pm

Democrats in the Virginia legislature are zeroing in on four bills passed by their Republican-controlled bodies that they hope to persuade Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe to veto this month. Speaking at a post-legislative session town hall meeting in McLean last Saturday, State Del. Marcus Simon, who represents the 53rd District that includes the City of Falls Church, said the bills, if vetoed by the governor, stand a good chance of not being overridden by the legislature when it convenes for its veto session early next month.

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Howell: Virginia 'Going Backwards' on Gun Safety

February 6, 2015News Clip

Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston) says that the commonwealth is heading in the wrong direction when it comes to gun control measures in Virginia.

“Gun safety measures were defeated in close, almost party line, votes,” Howell said about last week in the current Virginia General Assembly in an email to constituents.

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Week 3: Hot Bills

January 30, 2015Blog Post

Emotions ran high this week as Senate committees dealt with many of the most controversial measures.  We voted on hot button issues ranging from gun safety, abortion rights, discrimination against GLBT Virginians, "King's Dominion" law, and medical marijuana for children with acute epilepsy.

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Howell: State Budget Should Include More for Schools

January 29, 2015News Clip

As the Virginia General Assembly works through its annual 45-day session, the legislators will soon turn their attention toward passing the state budget.

State Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston), calls the state’s budget outlook “bleak” while praising Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s proposed budget, which closes the projected shortfall through a series of tax changes and spending cuts.

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