Virginia Senate Unveils Budget Priorities

RICHMOND, Va.: Today, the Senate Finance and Appropriations Committee laid out their amendments to Governor Northam’s proposed budget. Finance and Appropriations Committee Chair Janet Howell said: “While there have been hardships in the past year, I’ve seen resilience and …

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Roundup: Senate Democrats at Crossover

RICHMOND, Va.: As all Senate legislation heads to the House of Delegates, Senate Democrats reflect on their accomplishments so far in the 2021 General Assembly Session. Majority Leader Dick Saslaw said: “Our caucus has had incredible success in promoting our priorities laid out at the…

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Virginia Senate Approves Ending Death Penalty

RICHMOND, Va.: Today, Sen. Surovell’s SB 1165, passed the Virginia Senate on a 21-17 vote. Majority Leader Dick Saslaw and Caucus Chair Mamie Locke said: “Today is a historic day for our Commonwealth. Senate Democrats have led the charge for years to end a practice that for far …

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Senate Democrats Make More Strides in Justice Reform

RICHMOND, Va.: Today, two bills addressing justice reform passed the Virginia Senate: SB 1266, Deeds, returns magistrate discretion when awarding bail SB 1456, Marsden, removes mandatory commitment for younger children and opts instead for community-based alternatives Majority…

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Senate Democrats Champion Economic Recovery Measures

RICHMOND, Va.: Today, two bills that will help Virginians recover through and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic have passed the Senate: SB 1188, Hashmi, creates a program and fund to help farmers and food producers to sell or donate excess products to charitable food assistance organizations…

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Virginia Senate Censures Senator Amanda Chase

RICHMOND, Va.: Today, SR91, introduced by Senator John Bell (D - Chantilly), passed the Virginia Senate. The resolution censures Senator Amanda Chase (R - Chesterfield). The measure passed on a bipartisan 24-9 vote. Majority Leader Dick Saslaw said: “Since taking her oa…

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Virginia Senate Democrats Insure Women’s Futures

RICHMOND, Va.: Today, on the 48th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, two bills that promote women’s equality and health passed the Virginia Senate: Sen. McClellan’s SB 1276 would allow insurance companies on the healthcare exchange to cover abor…

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We’re Glad Sen. Chase Reminded Us to Bring Our Popcorn

RICHMOND, Va.: Today, on the floor of the Virginia Senate, Senator Amanda Chase (R - Chesterfield) violated even further the democratic bedrock of the United States and Virginia by propagating conspiracy theories, telling untruths, and attacking her fellow Senators.   Sen. John Bell s…

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Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus Lays Out Priorities and Agenda

RICHMOND, Va.: Today, the Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus presented some of the priorities and an overview of the legislative agenda they plan to pursue during the 2021 regular session of the Virginia General Assembly. Video of the press conference is available to watch on YouTube&nbs…

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