SENATE PASSES BILL TO CLEAN UP COAL ASH

RICHMOND - This afternoon, the Virginia Senate passed legislation by Senator Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon), SB 1398, to protect Virginia's air and drinking water while creating jobs on a 29-11 vote.   Said Senator Surovell, "Communities are starting to recognize the…

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SENATE PASSES ANOTHER DISASTROUS VOTER ID BILL

RICHMOND - This afternoon, the Virginia Senate passed another disastrous voter ID bill proposed by Senator Mark Obenshain (R-Augusta). The bill, SB 1253, passed on a party-line vote, 21-19.   Said Senator John Edwards (D-Roanoke), "This troubling proposal serves as yet ano…

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VA SENATE REJECTS BILL TO VOUCHERIZE EDUCATION

RICHMOND - This afternoon, the Virginia Senate rejected a bill introduced by Senator Siobhan Dunnavant (R-Henrico) to establish "Parental Choice Education Savings Accounts"; a thinly veiled attempt to pull taxpayer dollars out of public schools and into the pockets of parents who wish…

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SENATE REPUBLICANS KILL PRO-FAMILY BILLS

RICHMOND - This morning, the Commerce and Labor Committee killed two pro-family bills carried by Senator Jennifer Wexton (D-Loudoun), SB 824 and SB 1080. SB 824 would have allowed working Virginians to earn one hour of paid sick leave for every 50 hours worked at an emplo…

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SENATE DEMS FIGHT FOR VIRGINIA STUDENTS

RICHMOND - This morning, Senate Democrats pushed two bills through the Senate Finance Committee to provide more transparency and financial assistance to students dealing with the skyrocketing costs of higher education. SB 1527 was proposed by Senator Dick Saslaw (D-Fairfa…

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Senator Louise Lucas: "During my own lifetime, I have seen mixed-race couples discriminated against on account of what people claimed to be their sincerely held religious beliefs and I will no…