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McAuliffe Signs Legislation Protecting Immigrants from Legal Fraud

August 28, 2014Press Release

Arlington, VA – Governor Terence R. McAuliffe signed Senate Bill 503 and House Bill 492, legislation that addresses the growing problem of notaries who practice law without a license. In many Latin American countries “notario publicos” (notary publics) provide legal advice, but U.S. notaries who are not also attorneys are not authorized to share this role. In Virginia, there have been cases of notaries fraudulently charging thousands of dollars for misleading advice. The bills are intended to dissuade non-attorney notaries from preying upon Latinos and other minority communities. They prohibit notaries who are not also attorneys or federally accredited immigration representatives from offering legal and immigration advice, and additionally impose civil penalties and provide for the revocation of notary licenses to those who defy this restriction.

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Statement on US 4th Circuit Court of Appeals Ruling on Gay Marriage in Virginia

July 28, 2014Press Release

“I applaud today’s ruling from the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals affirming US District Court Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen’s decision to recognize marriages of gay and lesbian Virginians. This victory for liberty is in keeping with Jefferson’s admonition that ‘laws and institutions must go hand and hand with the progress of the human mind.’ As the birthplace of America’s civil liberties, it is especially fitting that Virginia provides full equality to all of her citizens."

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11,821,961 Pounds of Toxic Chemicals Dumped into Waterways

July 7, 2014News Clip

A group of citizens met in Founders Park on June 19 to advocate for the closure of loopholes in the Clean Water Act. At the event was Mayor William Euille as well as state Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-30). They were joined by Clean Water Action representative Andrew Fellows and Environment Virginia field manager Chris Brown. The speakers spoke regarding water pollution in Virginia and the actions needed to help stem the growing problem. The event also coincided with the release of Environment Virginia’s 2014 Wasting our Waterways Report.

The report was issued as the Environmental Protection Agency considers a new rule to restore Clean Water Act protections to thousands of waterways in Virginia and across the nation.

Industrial facilities dumped 11,821,961 pounds of toxic chemicals into Virginia’s waterways in 2014, making Virginia’s waterways the 5th worst in the nation, according to the new report.

The Environment Virginia report on toxic pollutants discharged to America’s water is based on data reported by polluting facilities to the EPA’s Toxic Release Inventory for 2012, the most recent data available.

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Statement on the Retirement of Arlington Delegate Bob Brink

June 27, 2014Press Release

“For 17 years Delegate Bob Brink has brought Arlington’s values to Richmond in an outspoken, yet gentlemanly, way.

As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, Bob has played a key role in the financial stewardship of the Commonwealth. He was an early and effective advocate of Virginia’s Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP). He is responsible for easing enrollment, expanding outreach and the increased enrollment of underprivileged Virginia children in insurance, improving health outcomes. Thousands of blind and visually impaired children have benefited from Delegate Brink’s work securing funds for specialized teaching assistance.

On a personal level, Bob has been a great friend and taught me a lot about being a legislator.

Though the people of Virginia will benefit from his services as he assumes the position of Deputy Commissioner for Aging Services in the Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services, he will certainly be missed in the General Assembly.”

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