“I was surprised to learn that Delegate Rob Krupicka has decided not to run for re-election this year. Rob’s passion for education and expertise on the benefits of pre-K and high-stakes testing have made a difference, both from his work in the House of Delegates as well as on the State Board of Education. His well-informed, collaborative nature is just what the General Assembly needs more of and will be sorely missed. Rob has been a friend for 20 years, and I understand and admire his dedication to his family."
RICHMOND, Va. — There’s more than one way to kill legislation in the Virginia General Assembly.
There’s the straight-up way: Put it up for a vote and lawmakers must go on record, pro or con.
Then there’s the stealthy way: Kill it in a subcommittee without a recorded vote, and it vanishes without a trace.
It’s a longstanding practice in Virginia’s 400-year-old legislature. But transparency advocates say the public deserves better.
Gov. Bob McDonnell expedited the restoration of voting rights of nonviolent felons who have completed their sentences. Gov. Terry McAuliffe has built on the precedent. The state Senate has taken the next step.
The chamber has given first approval to a proposed constitutional amendment to make restoration automatic. Nonviolent felons would not need to apply for it.
Section 1 of Article II in the Virginia Constitution describes qualifications of voters. The amendment adds the italicized language to the text:
For Immediate Release
February 12th, 2015
Office of Senator Adam Ebbin
TEN BILLS FROM SENATOR EBBIN PASS VIRGINIA SENATE
Cites progress on job creation, equality, and taxpayer fairness.
RICHMOND – After the General Assembly’s halfway point, Senator Adam P. Ebbin (D-Alexandria) passed ten bills through the Virginia Senate that await consideration by the House of Delegates.
A bill co-sponsored by Arlington legislators that would require college campuses to provide survivors of sexual assaults with options for off-campus resources — like counseling and law enforcement — has passed the state Senate.