Sunday, April 7, 2013
Virginia's legislature passed an amendment prohibiting some insurance companies from providing abortion coverage.
This week, Virginia’s legislature approved a measure by Gov. Bob McDonnell that prohibits certain health insurance companies from providing coverage for women seeking an abortion. The exceptions to the insurance coverage rule are in cases of rape, incest or if the mother’s life is in danger. While the new Virginia legislation isn’t as restrictive of abortions as recent legislation passed in North Dakota and Alabama, critics are concerned about the financial effect the legislation may have on a woman’s decision. Sen. Mark Herring (D-Loudoun) said, “Women should be able to make decisions about their own health care without interference from politicians here in the state Capitol.” The Virginia Society for Human Life, an anti-abortion group, …
Thursday, April 4, 2013
The Virginia Senate voted 20 - 19 in favor of an amendment that will prohibit certain health insurance companies in Virginia from providing coverage for women seeking an abortion.
Thursday, April 4
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). Chantilly-area Sens. Janet Howell, Dave Marsden and Mark Herring voted against the amendment. Sen. Richard Black voted in favor of it. Votes fell largely across party lines, with Senate Democrats voting against the amendment and Senate Republicans voting in favor of it. The assembly passed the bill in February to comply with the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Republican-sponsored Senate bill proposed redrawing many districts for GOP edge.
Virginia Speaker of the House William J. Howell (R-Stafford) broke with his own party on Wednesday, using a procedural ruling to stop the Republican-sponsored redistricting plan. The plan might have had a chance of passing the Virginia House if it made it to the floor for a vote, but Howell quashed the bill, clearing the way for the House to concentrate on Gov. Bob McDonnell's transportation plan, The Washington Post reported. State Sen. Dave Marsden was vocal in his opposition to the bill passed by the Senate the day President Obama was taking the ceremonial oath of office, in an interview with Patch calling it a "sad day for the Commonwealth." “I am committed to upholding the honor and traditions of both the office of Speaker, the …
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Senators representing Chantilly split in support of amendment.
Saturday, February 2
By Shelby Mertens, Capital News Service Starting in 2017, Virginia voters could have the opportunity to re-elect the governor to a second consecutive term if the House joins the Senate in seeking to amend the state’s Constitution. The Senate this week approved a proposed constitutional amendment to allow governors to serve two terms in a row. The vote was 25-15. SJ 276 was co-sponsored by Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria) and Dels. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon) and David Ramadan (R-South Riding). Sen. Chap Petersen, who represents a large portion of Chantilly, voted against the constitutional amendment. Sen. Janet Howell, who represents a portion of Chantilly, voted in favor of it. The resolution now moves to the House of Delegates, where …
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 …
Friday, August 10, 2012
In response, Kaine campaign responds with statements from public safety officials stating their support for Tim Kaine.
The Virginia State Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) announced their endorsement of George Allen, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, during their convention at the Fair Oaks Marriott Friday. To select a candidate, members of the FOP—which represents about 8,000 law enforcement officers across the state—cast votes in local lodges statewide, and chose Allen, a former governor and U.S. senator. "It is the dedication of this candidate in protecting the citizens of Virginia and by making public safety a clear priority, that weighed heavily in this decision," Marty Williams, president, said in a written statement. In his remarks at the convention, Allen thanked the officers for their support. He touted his record on issues …
Monday, April 30, 2012
The candidate for U.S. Senate and former Virginia governor answer questions in Dulles at AOL today. Democrat Tim Kaine will visit AOL May 17.
George Allen, a Republican candidate for the open Virginia U.S. Senate seat, will appear at the AOL Dulles campus today at 1:30 p.m. to speak with AOL employees and other guests. Patch will be covering the forum and inviting a few readers from each Patch to attend in person. If you'd like to attend the event, send an email to email@example.com with your name, address and telephone number. What Would You Like to Ask George Allen? Tell Us in the Comments! Patch editors will be questioning Allen at the event, and we'd like to know what we should ask. George Allen is a former Virginia governor and former U.S. senator. What are the most important issues to you in the election? What would you like to ask George Allen? Tim Kaine, former …
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Democrat Colgan changes his vote, and two-year, $85-billion budget is approved
A Virginia Senate Democrat changed his mind and voted for the budget Wednesday afternoon, enabling the two-year, $85-billion budget to pass 21-19. Sen. Charles J. Colgan (D-Prince William) told The Washington Post he had a change of heart on the plan he had coted voted against on Tuesday. While Colgan and other Senate Democrats had been pushing Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) for $300 million to extend Metrorail to Dulles International Airport, Colgan said the governor had not come through with funding, the Post reported. Colgan said he had simply come to the conclusion that the need to pass a state budget outweighed the need to secure funding for the project. The Commonwealth had been preparing for a potential shutdown in May if a budget was…