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Senator Adam Ebbin represents the 30th Senate District in the Virginia General Assembly
The spread of the novel Coronavirus in Virginia and the reaction of state agencies and private partners continues to be fluid. I will do my best to keep this page updated with the most current information affecting our region.
In the meantime, Virginia’s General Assembly has been considering bills since Aug. 18 that include creating a temporary eviction ban through the state code. Legislation filed by Del. Josh Cole, D-Stafford, would ban evictions until 60 days after the governor’s state of emergency ends, and a bill filed by Sen. Ghazala Hashmi, D-Chesterfield, would ban evictions until April 30, 2021.
Another bill by Del. Cia Price, D-Newport News, and Sen. Adam Ebbin, D-Alexandria, would require landlords who own more than four units to give tenants a written notice of how much rent is owed and offer a payment plan. The bills have passed in their respective chambers.
Northam is also asking legislators to consider spending $88 million to help people get affordable housing and further prevent evictions.
Lawmakers voted to appropriate $2 million to reimburse local governments for the cost of providing prepaid postage to voters to mail their absentee ballots. Other language in the bill requires local election officials to create drop boxes ahead of the November general election for people who don’t trust the U.S. Postal Service to deliver their ballots in time to be counted.
The legislation also allows voters who make technical errors on their ballots to correct them as long as their original ballot was cast by Oct. 31. Senate Bill 5120, and its companion measure, House Bill 5103, is a stand-alone budget bill that would take effect immediately after Gov. Ralph Northam signs it into law.
“This bill is a win-win and will stem the potential tide of evictions in Virginia,” Ebbin said on social media, “and has consensus support from tenants and landlords alike.”
Richmond— In a meeting held this morning, Senate Finance and Appropriations Committee members voted 11 to 5 along party lines in favor of legislation introduced by Senator Janet Howell (D-Fairfax) and co-sponsored by Senator Adam P. Ebbin (D-Alexandria) to approve measures to safeguard Virginia's elections processes (SB5120) from disenfranchisement.
Tourism in Alexandria isn’t what it used to be. With local economies devastated by the pandemic, First Lady of Virginia Pamela Northam visited Alexandria on Wednesday (July 22) to promote safe tourism and congratulate the city on winning a $10,000 grant for its Great Walks program.
Northam was joined by State Senator Adam Ebbin, City Councilman John Taylor Chapman, Councilwoman Del Pepper, Rita McClenny of the Virginia Tourism Corporation and Patricia Washington of Visit Alexandria. None of the speakers said they would be taking vacations this summer, but instead would be making small outings and being careful not to contract the virus.