Skip to:

Recent Updates

Virginia becomes first southern state to pass sweeping LGBTQ nondiscrimination bill

March 6, 2020News Clip

Sen. Adam Ebbin, D-Alexandria, recalled his first visit to the General Assembly about 30 years ago to lobby for gay rights.

 

“Very few lawmakers came out of their offices to meet with us, and I don’t think it made a difference — at least at that time,” he said. “Now we have five members of the LGBT caucus, which would have been unthinkable a few years ago.”

 

Read more

Voters In Virginia May No Longer Need To Carry Photo IDs

March 6, 2020News Clip

Voters in Virginia may no longer have to carry a photo ID with them when they go to the polls.

On Tuesday, the Virginia state Senate voted 21-19 to pass a bill from Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton) that would repeal current voter ID requirements.

Read more

Bill to decriminalize possession of marijuana advances in Va. Senate

March 6, 2020News Clip

RICHMOND, Va. (WSET) -- The Virginia Senate advanced a bill that would decriminalize possession of marijuana.

SB2 would decriminalize the simple possession of marijuana in Virginia and the Virginia Senate advanced the bill to the Finance Committee on Wednesday.

Read more

More than 30 Va. employers send letter to lawmakers asking for LGBTQ protections

March 6, 2020News Clip

More than 30 Virginia employers — including Altria Group Inc., Amazon.com Inc., Capital One Financial Corp. and Dominion Energy — on Monday sent a letter to Virginia lawmakers asking for comprehensive lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) nondiscrimination protections.

The letter addressed to House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn, D-Fairfax, and Senate Majority Leader Richard Saslaw, D-Falls Church, states that employees, their families and customers deserve equal opportunities at work and in daily life.

Read more

Virginia prisons budget $2.10 per inmate per day for food (and more notes from the DOC’s proposed spending plan)

March 6, 2020News Clip

It was an offhand question, for sure. But during an early morning briefing by the Virginia Department of Corrections, Sen. Adam Ebbin, D-Alexandria, recalled eating the food served to inmates at Red Onion State Prison during a site visit to the Southwestern Virginia supermax facility several years ago.

How much, he asked, does the department spend feeding the men and women under its care?

The answer: $2.10 per day.

“Just as a comment,” he said, “we are thrifty with what we fund this agency, but for $2.10 a day, the food is not close to gourmet. It’s quite far.”

Read more