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Eight esteemed state lawmakers are recipients of the 2016 HosPAC Health Care Hero Award that recognizes legislators who epitomize leadership, advocacy, and dedication to the mission of the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association in the community and the Virginia General Assembly. Award recipients for 2016 are Senator George L. Barker (D-Fairfax County); Delegate M. Keith Hodges (R-Urbanna); Delegate Patrick A. Hope (D-Arlington County); Senator Janet D. Howell (D-Fairfax County); Delegate Matthew James (D-Portsmouth); Senator Stephen D. Newman (RLynchburg); Senator William M.

Barring last-minute hiccups, the Arlington County government now appears likely to get back its taxing authority for tourism promotion.

Measures to end the five-year moratorium on the taxing authority continue to move forward in Richmond:

Published Thursday, February 24, 2016 7:00 am

The House of Delegates’ Committee on Finance has OK’d a Senate bill giving Arlington back its ability to levy a surtax on hotel stays to pay for tourism. But the approval was conditioned on an amendment that could complicate the bill’s path to success.

Committee members voted 15-7 in support of a measure by state Sen. Janet Howell (D-32nd) to restore the taxing authority, which had been stripped in 2011.

Said Senator Howell, “Building a new Virginia economy means doing more to reward innovation. The research and development tax credit is an incentive for companies to come to Virginia and invest in Virginia. This bill is going to create well-paying, 21st century jobs, and it’s going to spur growth throughout the state. I am delighted my colleagues in the Senate have joined me in support of this measure.”

He didn’t need their votes, but Arlington’s seven-member legislative delegation deserted Gov. McAuliffe (D) on the governor’s compromise with legislative leaders on recognition of out-of-state concealed-weapons permits.

State Sens. Barbara Favola (D-31st), Adam Ebbin (D-30th) and Janet Howell (D-32nd) were among 13 Democrats who voted against the Senate version of the compromise measure. Six Democrats and all 21 Republicans supported the measure, worked out between the McAuliffe administration and the Republican legislative leadership.

[On Monday], we all lost a great visionary, Reston lost its founder, and I lost a dear friend. Robert E. Simon died peacefully at his home in Reston at age 101.

Bob changed the way we view community in America when he created the Reston community over 50 years ago. Risking his fortune, he purchased land in then rural countryside of Virginia. He then proceeded to develop a community unlike any other in our country.

RICHMOND — A bitter partisan battle between Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) and the GOP-controlled legislature over an appointment to the state Supreme Court ground discourse to a halt Monday in a capital city long known for its political decorum.

On the surface, the battle was over who would fill a vacancy on the state’s highest court: Justice Jane Marum Roush, a former Circuit Court judge from the Washington suburbs whom McAuliffe had appointed to the job last month, or Court of Appeals Judge Rossie D. Alston Jr., the GOP’s preferred choice.

Like the thimble on a Monopoly board, Virginia is looking to collect by passing “GO.”

A new economic development campaign called “GO Virginia” was announced Tuesday in a series of press conferences held throughout the state. The initiative, formally called the “Virginia Initiative for Growth & Opportunity in Each Region,” aims to encourage growth in the private sector through incentives from the state and cooperation among every region.

Robert E. Simon, Jr. Children's Center, called a "hidden treasure" in Reston, held a grand opening on Saturday, July 18, at 12005 Sunrise Valley Drive in suite 120. Attending the ceremony were families and local dignitaries including Reston founder Bob Simon, U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-11), Del. Ken Plum (D-36), State Sen. Janet Denison Howell (D-32), Supervisor Catherine M. Hudgins (D-Hunter Mill) and others. The "Simon Center" meets the educational and social needs of children ages 3 months to 5 years (Pre-K).

 

June 5, 2015

Virginia State Senator Janet Howell (D-Reston) says she will run for a seventh term in 2015.

The signature filing deadline for the election was March 9. No Republican challenger has filed to oppose Howell in the Nov. 3 general election.

Howell has represented Virginia’s 32nd District in Richmond since 1992.

Howell said in an email to constitutes that over the last few months, she considered not running as the climate for Northern Virginia Democrats can be a struggle in the Republican-led General Assembly.

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