The rye whiskey developed by George Washington at Mount Vernon in the late 1700s would be designated Virginia’s official “state spirit” under legislation that has passed the state Senate and been sent to the House of Delegates. The measure, patroned by Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-30th), would add the whiskey to Virginia’s long list of official emblems and designations...
WASHINGTON — A bill to change trespass towing rules in Northern Virginia fell in the state Senate Tuesday when a single senator miscast his vote from across the room.
Alexandria Sen. Adam Ebbin also backed the upcoming rules set to take effect in July that are meant to address what is sometimes referred to as “predatory towing.” “It’s not in a retail property owner’s best interest to get it wrong when it comes to towing,” Ebbin said. “Current policy protects a private property owner’s unquestioned rights to control their parking spaces while ensuring that the same property owner cannot simply blame a tow on a third-party spotter who gets it wrong.”
This afternoon, a Senate committee – again – referred two marriage equality proposals, Senator Adam Ebbin’s (D-Alexandria) SJR 216 and Senator Mamie Locke’s (D-Hampton) SJR 220, to the Code Commission.
SJ 216 and SJ 220 both propose the repeal of the constitutional amendment dealing with marriage that was approved by referendum at the November 2006 election.
Said Senator Adam P. Ebbin (D-Alexandria), “The ongoing legislative ping pong game on marriage equality is getting old. We have got to update our governing documents to reflect the law of the land.”
WASHINGTON — The Virginia General Assembly is considering legislation that would loosen penalties for possessing marijuana, scrapping a policy that leads to offenders automatically losing their driver’s licenses.
RICHMOND – Legislation to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in public employment and housing cleared a Senate committee on Monday and now will go to the full Senate for consideration.
SB 783, sponsored by Sen. Adam Ebbin, D-Alexandria, would prohibit public employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identification. The Senate General Laws and Technology Committee voted 12-3 in favor of the bill.
In a 13-3 vote, the measure passed with Republicans breaking tradition in supporting it.
A long time advocate for LGBTQ rights in both the House and Senate, Ebbin’s new bill, SB 783, hopes to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity against state and municipal employees.
This afternoon, the Senate General Laws and Technology Committee advanced Senator Adam P. Ebbin‘s SB783, addressing nondiscrimination in public employment, and Senator Jennifer Wexton‘s SB822, targeting discriminatory, anti-LGBT practices in public housing.
Both bills passed with strong, bipartisan support and now make their way to the Senate Floor.
SB 783 prohibits discrimination in public employment on basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
SB 822 prohibits discriminatory housing practices on basis of sexual orientation and gender.
A bill which would allow all persons authorized to perform marriage ceremonies in Virginia, including judges and public officiants, to refuse to conduct marriages that violate a “sincerely held religious belief” passed a full Senate vote today and is now headed to the House. Senator Ebbin spoke against the bill on the floor saying "it's a solution in search of a problem" and added that "proposals like these, licenses like these, desecrate the very thing they claim to protect."
Arlington’s seven-member legislative delegation voted against Gov. McAuliffe's compromise on recognition of out-of-state concealed-weapons permits.