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Virginia Senate Committee Defeats Gun Control Proposals

January 26, 2015News Clip

RICHMOND — A Republican-controlled Virginia Senate voted to approve Monday measures aimed at easing restrictions on gun owners while voting against several gun-control measures championed by Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

The Senate Courts of Justice panel voted Monday against bills aimed at beefing up Virginia's gun control laws. The proposals include limiting handgun purchases to one a month and closing the so-called gun show loophole that allows sales by private sellers without a criminal background check.

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Born Free USA applauds Sen. Adam Ebbin for introducing ban on ivory, rhino horn trade

January 22, 2015News ClipS.B. 1215 will prohibit sale of ivory and rhino horn

Washington, D.C. -- Born Free USA, a global leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, commends Virginia Senator Adam Ebbin (D-30) for introducing S.B. 1215. The bill, crafted partially with research conducted by Born Free USA, seeks to eliminate the trade in ivory and rhinoceros horn in the state of Virginia. Illegal trafficking of these wildlife products is directly responsible for shocking declines in wild populations in recent years, and this bill is a crucial step toward reducing the target market.

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Proposal seeks to decriminalize marijuana possession in Virginia

January 22, 2015News Clip

RICHMOND — State Sen. Adam P. Ebbin wants Virginia to join more than a dozen states that have decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana.

The lawmaker is pushing a bill that would downgrade the offense from a criminal charge to a civil one with a fine of up to $100.

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Va. Senate Panel Rebuffs Attempt to End Yacht Tax Break

January 21, 2015News Clip

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Virginia's yacht tax break appears safe for another year.

The Republican-controlled Senate Finance Committee killed a proposal Wednesday from Sen. Adam Ebbin to end the favorable treatment enjoyed by owners of expensive boats.

The state sales tax on watercraft is 2 percent with a $2,000 cap. That means no additional tax is imposed on a boat's value over $100,000.

Noting that yachts can cost millions of dollars, Ebbin told the committee the disparity is unfair.

The Alexandria Democrat said the wealthiest boat owners benefit the most.

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Statement On The Retirement of Senator Linda "Toddy" Puller

January 15, 2015Press Release

“I have known Toddy Puller for over 20 years and have always admired her courage, tenacity, and legislative experience. She has been a tireless fighter for veterans and all the citizens of the Commonwealth.” Said Senator Ebbin, “Her work on modernization and transportation in the Route 1 Corridor will be a lasting legacy for the people of Mt. Vernon and Prince William. She will be greatly missed in Richmond.” 

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