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Town Hall Meetings - Join Me!

April 14, 2017Blog Post

Please join me at one of two upcoming Post Legislative Session Town Hall meetings for a report on the 2017 General Assembly session:

 

Monday, April 17, 7:30-9:00 p.m.

With Delegate Ken Plum at Reston Community Center at Lake Anne

1609 Washington Plaza North

Reston, Virginia

 

Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m.- 12 noon

With Senator Barbara Favola and Delegates Rip Sullivan and Patrick Hope

TJ Middle School

125 S. Old Glebe Road

Arlington, Virgnia

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Looking Back, Moving Forward

April 12, 2017Blog Post

The 2017 General Assembly session is officially over!  In January and February we passed 1,773  bills and resolutions, including the budget.  Governor McAuliffe reviewed them all and sent us 83 amendments to bills, 27 amendments to the budget, and 40 vetoes.  Unlike Congress, the Virginia General Assembly works efficiently!

 Our Governor stuck with his -- and my -- principles on both the budget and laws.

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Home Again

February 27, 2017Blog Post

The 2017 General Assembly session ended Saturday, so I have had almost two days to process what happened. It was a very strange session -- we accomplished a lot that was constructive but we also passed a lot of destructive nonsense.

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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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