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VHHA Honors 2016 HosPAC Health Care Hero Award Recipients

September 16, 2016News Clip

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.

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Budget and Virginia Supreme Court

March 16, 2016Blog Post

As we approach the end of the 2016 session , I want to report to you on both the final budget and the selection of a Supreme Court justice.  The budget is something I am proud to be associated with.  The Supreme Court debacle is a disgrace.

Budget:

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Upcoming I-66 Public Hearings

March 2, 2016Blog Post

As you may remember from a recent e-newsletter, a major compromise has been reached on the I-66 transmodal project.  Design Public Hearings had been scheduled in January and February but were not held due to inclement weather.  Those hearings have now been scheduled for the following dates and locations:

 (All hearing times are 6-8 pm. A brief presentation begins at 6:30 p.m.)

 Monday, March 7, 2016

Washington-Lee High School Cafeteria

1301 N. Stafford Street, Arlington, VA 22201

 

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

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More steps forward for Arlington tourism-tax measure

February 25, 2016News Clip

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:

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Updated: Arlington tourism-tax bill makes progress, but still has hurdles

February 24, 2016News Clip

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.

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Research and development tax credit bill passes Senate

February 15, 2016News Clip

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.”

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Arlington legislators oppose McAuliffe on gun compromise

February 11, 2016News Clip

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.

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Major Compromise on I-66

February 10, 2016Blog Post

For years we have been struggling to make essential improvements to I-66. The Interstate is the most congested major road in the most congested region in the country. Lack of funding, arguments about widening inside the Beltway, concerns about right of way, disagreements about tolls, and opposition to mass transit have made progress seem, at times, impossible.

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Wrong Again! And I Am Glad...

January 28, 2016Blog Post

I must be the world's worst prognosticator.  Just this past Monday I wrote you that the legislature is so divided on gun safety measures that nothing good was going to happen.  I was so wrong.

A major compromise has been reached.

When our Attorney General announced he was going to follow Virginia law and not allow concealed weapon permit reciprocity with states that have weaker permit laws than we have, he alarmed the NRA.  They realized that Governor McAuliffe would veto any bills to reinstate weak reciprocity agreements; they decided to work on a compromise.

Secretary of Public Safety Brian Moran and Republican leaders met several times and worked out an agreement on three major gun issues.

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There Was an Old Lady

January 26, 2016Blog Post

These days I feel like the old lady in the nursery rhyme who "had so many children she didn't know what to do!"  Each of my bills and budget amendments has a life of its own in the General Assembly and just keeping track of them is a challenge. I want each to thrive and make it through the legislative process -- but that is a difficult and lofty goal.

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