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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.

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.

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.

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.

Members of Virginia's General Assembly are talking about creating new limitations on gifts to elected officials. But reforming the system might not be as easy as making a few simple changes.

With former Gov. Bob McDonnell starting to serve a prison sentence on Feb. 9 after being convicted of federal corruption charges, Arlington’s state legislators are taking aim at the state laws surrounding political gifts.

The new session of the Virginia General Assembly convenes next week, and could be one of the more contentious in recent memory. Gun control, education and tax reform legislation are among the bills up for debate.

Democrat Governor Terry McAuliffe’s package of proposed gun-control measures announced last month shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, the governor said, since gun control was part of his campaign promise.

For years, a number of legislators in Virginia have been trying to create more protections and legal rights for gay, lesbian and transgender people in the state, with little legislative success.

Virginia’s constitution and state code still technically bans same-sex marriages and civil unions, although enforcement of those laws was halted last year when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal to a lower court ruling that overturned the state’s position.

Among some legislative trends this year in the Virginia General Assembly are several bills by Fairfax County-based legislators — on both sides of the aisle — that to some degree or other attempt to decriminalize marijuana.

Some bills, such as Senate Bill 686 sponsored by Sen. Adam P. Ebbin (D-Dist. 30), call for widespread decriminalization, while others such as House Bill 1445 sponsored by Del. David B. Albo (R-Dist. 42), call for very narrowly-tailored decriminalization applied to very specific medical uses.

For years, a number of legislators in Virginia have been trying to create more protections and legal rights for gay, lesbian and transgender people in the state, with little legislative success.

Virginia’s constitution and state code still technically bans same-sex marriages and civil unions, although enforcement of those laws was halted last year when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal to a lower court ruling that overturned the state’s position.

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