The Virginia House of Delegates voted 70-30 and the Senate voted 30-10 on Northam’s budget amendment on Senate Bill 1613, which eliminate the suspensions.
Virginia Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-30) introduced the bill this session.
“I applaud Gov. Northam for bringing this measure before the entire General Assembly for a vote. Unwarranted license suspension disproportionately impacts the most economically disadvantaged Virginians without making our communities safer,” Ebbin said. “Virginians rely on driving to access education, childcare, health care and employment, taking away that resource for nonpayment of a fee is cruel and illogical.”
State Sen. Adam P. Ebbin (D-Alexandria), who sponsored the $1.5 million increase that the General Assembly approved in February, said he applauded Northam’s latest effort , but the money still falls far short of what’s needed.
“I’m concerned that if we don’t keep pushing ahead in a big way, this won’t get ramped up any further,” he said. If Democrats win control of the General Assembly in November, he added, “I’m very hopeful . . . there will be more in the trust fund. But it won’t just happen by wishing for it.”
"Google should know better than to provide a platform to those targeting young LGBTQ people with false, destructive messages. I urge Google to refuse to be complicit in spreading hate and follow Apple, Amazon, Microsoft to remove the 'ex-gay' app from store" said Virginia State Senator Adam Ebbin
The effort to halt the suspensions has the support of a broad coalition that includes groups such as the Legal Aid Justice Center and the Virginia Poverty Law Center, Prison Fellowship and Americans for Prosperity, a group that backs conservative and libertarian causes.
Legal Aid Justice Center Executive Director Angela Ciolfi said the organization is “hopeful that the General Assembly will seize this critical opportunity to end this unconstitutional practice.”
“Over 16 years in the General Assembly I’ve fought for our shared priorities in Richmond and we’ve had many successes. But we still have far to go”
His 2020 priorities include passing new gun control legislation, decriminalizing marijuana use, raising the minimum wage and barring anti-LGBT discrimination.
The scorecard is calculated from the votes on 56 bills that came up this year, on topics from the environment, campaign finance reform, criminal justice, gun violence prevention, LGBTQ discrimination, and more. For every progressive vote a legislator cast on a bill (either in subcommittee, committee, or on the floor, depending on where the last vote was taken), they scored one point; for every non-progressive vote, -1. Additionally, we assigned plus or minus points for signalling intent to vote by co-sponsoring a bill.
On February 25, 2019, The Advocate Magazine announced their list of elected officials nationwide who they rate as the best allies for transgender equality. The list includes State Senator Adam Ebbin, New York City City Council Speaker Cory Johnson, Congressman David Cicilline, and former President Barack Obama.
ALEXANDRIA, VA — Today, in memory of the 17 students and teachers killed one year ago at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Senator Adam P. Ebbin (D-Alexandria), gave a moving statement before his colleagues. Ebbin, who serves as Co-Chair of the General Assembly Gun Violence Prevention Caucus spoke with passion about the numerous lives gun violence has taken, specifically school-related gun violence.
At one point Wednesday as Sen. Adam Ebbin addressed the Senate Finance committee, he brought his closed fist to his mouth for a brief moment and continued speaking.
Wrapped inside the Alexandria senator’s fist was a Juul — one of several vaping products middle and high school students have been smoking at alarming rates.
RICHMOND (WMAL) — A new form of voting may start deciding local elections in Virginia, with a bill pending in the State Senate that would allow localities to allow voters to rank candidates in order of preference rather than just voting for one.
Its called ranked-choice voting — sometimes instant run-off voting — and advocates say that it creates greater consensus, preventing candidates winning without securing a true majority of votes.