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Governor Northam recently announced nominations of Opportunity Zones to the U.S. Department of Treasury — including Census Tracts along Route 1 that are being developed as part of the Embark process. Opportunity zones are revitalization tools that provide federal incentive for private investment in low-income census tracts.

Four of the selected sites were subjects of a joint letter submitted by state Sen. Adam Ebbin, state Sen. Scott Surovell, Del. Mark Sickles, and Del. Paul Krizek to Erik Johnston, the director of the Department of Housing & Community Development on Feb. 27 recommending the inclusion of sites along Rte. 1 in the Governor’s recommendations. Text of the letter follows:

Senator Ebbin was among the seven legislators who comprise the Arlington legislative delegation to participate in a Leadership Center for Excellence post-session forum April 20 at Army Navy Country Club. While the annual breakfast gathering shines a spotlight on legislators’ successes and failures in Richmond, it also focuses on a discussion of how to build rapport in a body that is divided by politics, geography and economics.

State Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-30th) said he nabs his Republican counterparts early in the session with a simple question: “What do you have that we can work together on?”

“I really do look for a Republican [co]sponsor” for legislation, Ebbin said – sometimes finding one, sometimes not.


Ebbin spoke to students at Lewinsville Park in McLean during the walkout on March 14. The students, who attend schools across Northern Virginia, were participating in a rally for gun violence prevention organized by Students Demand Action DMV following a 17-minute National Student Walkout held that morning at 10 a.m. in memory of the 17 who were killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Fla.

I’m Senator Adam Ebbin, and I have an “F” rating from the NRA.

Across the country, the gun violence prevention movement is being led by students like you. You are doing more than just wearing an orange ribbon, you are taking action and leading a conversation. You are channeling your outrage into activism.


Virginia's Governor will call a special session so lawmakers can finish work on the senate budget. They're at an impasse over Medicaid expansion. But the disagreement isn't between Republicans and Democrats, it's between House and Senate.

It was only two months ago when control of Virginia’s House of Delegates was determined by drawing a name from a bowl. And though Democratic candidate lost there’s no doubt November’s blue wave reshaped state politics.

A bill that will bar Virginia public school employees from providing job recommendations to fellow employees who have sexually assaulted students landed on Gov. Ralph Northam’s desk this week for signing.

State Sen. Adam Ebbin (D), who represents Arlington and Alexandria, said he introduced bill S.B. 605 after Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) brought the issue to his attention.

The City of Alexandria has received a $4,000 grant toward conservation of the 18th century merchant ship excavated at the site of the new Hotel Indigo, after the ship won second place in the Virginia Association of Museums' Top 10 Endangered Artifacts Competition.  The ship earned more than 5,500 votes from the public during a weeklong competition.

RICHMOND — Bills meant to protect gay and transgender people from housing and employment discrimination died in a Republican-dominated House panel Thursday, prompting jeers of “Shame!” from activists who packed a Capitol hearing room.

On a straight party-line vote, members of a General Laws subcommittee voted 5 to 2 to kill four bills, some of which had already cleared the Republican-controlled state Senate, which tends to be more socially moderate than the House.

RICHMOND — Democrats in Virginia’s House of Delegates invoked the recent school shooting in Florida to demand that Republicans revive gun-control measures that died in committee this year. But GOP leaders said it is too late in the legislative session to act.

Guns have been the one area that has resisted all compromise in a General Assembly session otherwise marked by bipartisan dealmaking. A host of bills, many of them favored by Gov. Ralph Northam (D), have disappeared in committees in the House and Senate.

RICHMOND — As the House and Senate remain divided over whether to expand Medicaid eligibility to 400,000 uninsured Virginians, Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment Jr. made a rare appearance before House Republicans to say his chamber was dead set against the House plan.

In a closed-door gathering Thursday with House Republicans, Norment (R-James City) said all 21 Senate Republicans were united against expansion.

Last Friday, January 26, the Senate of Virginia took a step in the right direction. In a floor vote, the Senate passed SB 202, which will ban discrimination in public employment on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.