Nearly all of the 883 new laws passed during the 2019 Virginia General Assembly session went into effect midnight, July 1. Here are some that will most impact your daily life:
Review Senator Adam Ebbin's legislation introduced during the 2019 General Assembly session.
Successes and noteable efforts from the 2019 General Assembly Session
Blue and Yellow line Metrorail service south of Ronald Reagan National Airport will be suspended from May 25th, the Saturday before Memorial Day, to September 8th, the Sunday after Labor Day. There are also several steps you can take during your commute and recreational travels to mitigate the impact on your trip.
Read Senator Ebbin's floor remarks on George Washington, the surveyor
State Senator Adam Ebbin (30th District), who represents parts of Alexandria and Arlington, commented that “the Republicans abruptly adjourned without a single minute of debate and summarily sent us back to our districts without taking any action.
“This callous indifference to the 11,000 Virginians who have died at the hand of a gun since Virginia Tech is a new low. With the eyes of the nation on Richmond, and hundreds of advocates from all walks of life filling Capitol Square, Republicans wouldn’t even talk about gun violence.”
Ebbin said Republicans “cowered behind parliamentary procedure.”
Sullivan's office was closed when Nesby arrived a little before 9 a.m. But three floors up, he had better luck with Ebbin, who not only remembered the email Nesby had sent him but invited him into his office to talk about it.
Ebbin explained his desire for universal background checks, recalling how he visited a gun show and saw how easy it was to buy weapons without one.
"We walked in the gun show, and I said, 'We do not want to go through a background check, and they said, 'Go to this booth,' " Ebbin said. "They said, 'Fine, you don't look like a bank robber.' "
Democratic Senator Adam Ebbin of Alexandria says lots of those armed people were in the gallery upstairs.
“The House rules allow for them in the chamber, I believe including when the governor is giving the State of the Commonwealth Address," says Ebbin. "But the Senate does not allow guns except the members that are bearing arms, which are several. Apparently the police are not enough to protect them.”
At the nearby bell tower in Capitol Square, Northam, in a suit and tie despite the summer heat, addressed an hour-long peace vigil, leading several hundred people in chants of “Enough is enough!”
The governor held hands with African American community leaders, and they sang “We Shall Overcome.” He was joined by Richmond’s mayor, Levar Stoney (D), as well as the city’s police chief, schools superintendent and other officials. Attorney General Mark R. Herring (D) also stood with Northam, as did state Sens. Adam P. Ebbin (D-Alexandria) and Barbara A. Favola (D-Arlington) and Del. Delores L. McQuinn (D-Richmond).
Ebbin said in an interview he recalled Reeves once lamenting the lack of bipartisanship in the Senate, and said the two had worked together. But learning of Reeves’ comments to the NRA, Ebbin said, “makes me think twice.”
Ebbin said many constituents reached out to him Wednesday offering support, and one constituent on social media tweeted to the senator that he didn’t know Ebbin was gay.
Gays and lesbians “are your neighbors and co-workers and often your family members,” Ebbin said, when asked what he would say to voters who think someone’s sexual orientation is a negative. “Though we may not be out, I hope that you will judge people on their merit and qualities rather than who they love.”