Del. Greg Habeeb submits legislation automatically restoring firearm ownership to non-violent felons

Friday, September 16, 2016

Del. Greg Habeeb submits legislation automatically restoring firearm ownership to non-violent felons

Del. Greg Habeeb of Salem today has submitted HB 1406 that is contingent on HJ 542, the passage of amendments to the Virginia Constitution by November 2018. Both to be taken up in the 2017 General Assembly session in January. The hitch is that HB 1406 the automatic right to own a firearm goes into […]

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Virginia legislators call for repeal of unconstitutional marriage language

Monday, July 18, 2016

ALEXANDRIA, VA.  – Today, Senator Adam Ebbin (D-30) and Delegate Mark Sickles (D-43) introduced legislation in their respective bodies of the General Assembly to repeal Article I Section 15-A of the Constitution of Virginia and §§ 20-45.2 and 20-45.3 of the Code of Virginia. These sections, all of which have been deemed unconstitutional by the […]

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BREAKING NEWS Latest SCOVA maneuvering – Cuccinelli likely new SCOVA justice

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

BREAKING NEWS Latest SCOVA maneuvering - Cuccinelli likely new SCOVA justice

According to Jim Nolan, reporter at the Richmond Times-Dispatch Judge Alston fails to win 21 votes needed in the Senate – and then former AG and gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli is certified by Republicans for SCOVA vacancy. Holdout Republican Sen. Glen Sturtevant votes for Cuccinelli. Cuccinelli on his Facebook page stated: “I have been approached to consider […]

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Senate reconsiders vote on adding workplace and school to sex offender database

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Senate reconsiders vote on adding workplace and school to sex offender database

UPDATE Feb. 25: There were serveral votes to recommit to the Senate Courts of Justice Committee where Lt. Gov. Northam broke a tie with a “Yes” to recommit. That was followed by a reconsideration to recommit that failed. The final vote to pass HB628 passed the Senate on a vote of 21-19. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ HB628 sponsored […]

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Virginia House of Delegates votes to defund Planned Parenthood

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Today, on the last day before crossover, the Virginia House of Delegates passed HB 1090. Patroned by Delegate Ben Cline, the bill prohibits public funding of clinics that provide abortions for cases other than rape, incest, or life-endangerment. The language of this bill makes it clear that the patron is attempting to single out Planned […]

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Del. Rasoul condems persecution on basis of religious beliefs

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Del. Rasoul condems persecution on basis of religious beliefs

DEL. RASOUL SAYS HB 773 GIVES PERMISSION FOR PUBLIC OFFICIALS TO PERSECUTE BASED ON RELIGIOUS BELIEFS ROANOKE, VA – Delegate Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke City) has condemned today’s passage of HB 773 by the Virginia House of Delegates.  HB 773 would allow taxpayer-funded service providers to refuse to serve LGBT people based on their religious beliefs. […]

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Health care is not a free market – Federal law mandates charity care

Friday, February 12, 2016

Health care is not a free market - Federal law mandates charity care

The House today moved HB163 to its third reading on a 50-Y 47-N vote. The bill phases out many categories for medical facility requirements for a Certificate of Public Need (COPN). On the Senate side a companion bill, SB561, patroned by Sen. Steve Newman  (R-23) was continued to 2017. The House bill limping forward is […]

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Habeeb one of two delegates voting against birth control

Monday, February 8, 2016

RICHMOND, Va.: Today, the Courts of Justice – Constitutional Law subcommittee passed (4-2) in a bipartisan vote a bill to define “birth control” as contraceptive methods approved by the FDA. . HB 549 says that birth control is not to be considered a form of abortion. This protection of birth control has been before the […]

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Del. Rasoul’s “credits for charitable healthcare” bill passes House unanimously

Thursday, February 4, 2016

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ROANOKE, VA – The Virginia House of Delegates has unanimously passed HB 319, put forward by Delegate Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke City) and co-patroned by nine House Republicans.  The legislation would allow medical professionals who provide charitable healthcare services to receive continuing education credits. “This legislation helps the neediest Virginians receive affordable healthcare without growing government,” […]

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House Republicans block bill expanding access to full-day kindergarten

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

House Republicans block bill expanding access to full-day kindergarten

RICHMOND, Va.: This morning, the Education – Education Innovation Subcommittee killed two bills that would have helped expand access to full-day kindergarten by creating a budget and plan for localities that don’t have full-day kindergarten access for all children. HB 457, patroned by Delegate Kathleen Murphy (34th – McLean), HB 798, patroned by Delegate John […]

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Republican delegates say hospital reforms don’t go far enough – VHHA counters

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

According to the Richmond Times Dispatch and published in The Roanoke Times three Republican delegates want to scrap much of the certificate of public need program (COPN) over a three-year period ignoring what a state work group has recommended to the General Assembly that keeps it though with some process reforms. “Substantial effort went into […]

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Del. Sam Rasoul elected Democratic caucus Secretary

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Del. Sam Rasoul elected Democratic caucus Secretary

In Richmond the winter caucus retreat, an annual event where in odd years members of the caucus elect internal leadership positions, began on a somber note as members observed a moment of silence in recognition of the attacks in Paris, France last night. “Our thoughts, prayers and support go out to French people after last […]

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