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State Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria) announced he will introduce legislation that would allow three Northern Virginia localities to require developers to enter into agreements to protect workers who are building certain high-density projects.

“The legislation reflects the values of communities that want to ensure that workers are treated fairly, paid competitive wages and protected from wage theft,” Ebbin said.

“Without additional authority, localities cannot require developers of large projects to provide necessary protections for the workers who build those projects.”

“When we move to legalization, we need to make sure that there is a distribution system that works, that there’s not a black market, that the product is kept away from children and that the taxing is well thought out,” said Sen. Adam P. Ebbin (D-Alexandria), who has introduced a decriminalization bill that, among other things, would include a mechanism for expunging the criminal records of people convicted of marijuana possession.

Ebbin’s bill includes exemptions for law enforcement, security personnel, military members and officers of the court. But it doesn’t exempt General Assembly members, some of whom have had firearm-related mishaps over the years. In 2006, a Republican delegate accidentally fired a handgun in his office, shooting into a bulletproof vest hanging on a door. In 2017, a Republican state senator accidentally left a holstered handgun on a chair in a meeting room.

Earlier this year, Sen. Amanda Chase, R-Chesterfield, raised eyebrows by wearing a revolver on her hip while presenting her bills to a committee, a move she described as a “deterrent” to aggressive left-wing activists.

Last year, Democrats in the House of Delegates pushed for a rule change that would ban guns in the gallery overseeing the legislative floor, bringing the House in line with the same rule in the Senate. Republicans voted it down.

Here’s what stood out to us in the first batch:

Bag taxes

SB11: Local disposable paper and plastic bag tax. Authorizes any locality to impose a tax of five cents per bag on disposable paper bags or disposable plastic bags provided to consumers by certain retailers, with certain bags being exempt from the tax. The bill allows every retailer that collects the tax to retain one cent of the five-cent tax. | Patron: Sen. Adam Ebbin, D-Alexandria...

In the Senate chamber, five senators attended, including Sen. Adam Ebbin, D-Alexandria, who took the floor to speak.

"On July 9, with parliamentary shenanigans, this session was gaveled shut before I even could speak," Ebbin said. "Ostensibly, we were there to give full and careful consideration to bills filed, or I should say they were referred to the Crime Commission for ostensibly extensive and careful consideration as though we didn't know already that keeping guns out of the wrong hands could save lives."

Ebbin then referenced the recent three-page Crime Commission report: "The absence of recommendations should not be interpreted as meaning that no changes to Virginia's laws are necessary, but rather that any changes are policy decisions, which can only be made by the General Assembly."

"I'm only here today to promise that come January the people of this commonwealth will see action," he concluded.

Buttigieg supporters gathered on the steps of the state Capitol before submitting their signatures to the Department of Elections. His supporters there included Rep. Don Beyer, D-8th; state Sen. Adam Ebbin, D-Alexandria; Del. Mark Keam, D-Fairfax; Norfolk City Councilwoman Andria McClellan; Charlottesville City Council member Mike Signer; and Glenn Nye, who represented Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District for a term from 2009 to 2011.

They had a lot to be excited about. Buttigieg is now the Democratic presidential front-runner in Iowa among likely Democratic caucus-goers, according to the most recent Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom Iowa Poll.

With Republicans in control of the General Assembly, LGBTQ rights advocates trying to pass stronger anti-discrimination laws in Virginia knew they had to think small.

After Election Day, that’s all over.

So what exactly is on the to-do list?



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“It’s a big deal to know that you can’t just be swept aside as a second-class citizen,” Ebbin said. “And it’ll matter. There’s a lot of people older than me who thought this kind of environment would never come.”

“We’ve come forward. We’re not going back,” Ebbin said. “And I think there’s momentum to bring us to where we should and need to be.”


"Two words have never been spoken in the 400 year history of the Virginia House of Burgesses and the House of Delegates: 'Madam Speaker,'" said Sen. Adam Ebbin, D-Alexandria.


The victories resonated not only in Virginia, but across the country, where 80 LGBTQ candidates won elections in what the Advocate called a "rainbow wave."


Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria), who served in the House of Delegates prior to his Senate election, says that he believes Democrats will be victorious in flipping control of both the House and Senate.

Ebbin, who is gay, says that will provide an opportunity to pass the kinds of pro-LGBTQ legislation that Republicans have defeated on an annual basis.

“House Republican leadership has had their heels dug in for years against making any progress on equality for LGBT people, and that would be unlikely to change, or would be surprising if it were to change, under any Republican leadership in the House,” Ebbin told Metro Weekly in a phone interview. “I expect Democratic leadership to be an incredible sea change with limitless possibilities on what will happen for equality for LGBT people in Virginia.”