Monday, March 18, 2013
Local lawmakers will deliver a petition Monday morning to repeal the hybrid tax.
Del. Scott Surovell (D-44th District) and Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-30th District) will deliver a petition to Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell in Richmond Monday morning from residents who want to repeal the hybrid vehicle tax. The Virginia General Assembly recently passed HB2313, which includes a $100 tax on hybrid vehicles. In late February, Del. Surovell and Sen. Ebbin started an online petition against the hybrid tax. The petition garnered slightly under 7,000 signatures as of Sunday afternoon according to a Facebook update from Del. Surovell. "The $100 hybrid tax punishes virtuous behavior, bears zero relationship to reduced road taxes paid, and disincentives energy independence," Del. Surovell said in a column published on Patch in Februrary.
Saturday, February 16, 2013
The town hall meeting will cover issues affecting local residents.
Del. Scott Surovell (D-44th), Sen. Toddy Puller (D-36th), and Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-30th) will host their annual legislative town hall on Saturday, Feb. 16 in Mount Vernon. The area's state lawmakers, who have been busy working in Richmond during the General Assembly session, will discuss issues that will impact the Mount Vernon community. The discussion will cover the following: The local legislators will review their legislative agendas and field questions from attendees. The town hall meeting will take place at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Mount Vernon Government Center, 2511 Parkers Lane in Alexandria.
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Sen. Adam Ebbin provides an update of week 4 in the General Assembly.
This week’s General Assembly session included “Crossover” on Tuesday – after which the House and Senate may only work on bills approved by the other body. I am pleased that ten pieces of my legislation have advanced to the House of Delegates for further consideration—including measures to improve the electoral process by simplifying absentee ballot applications and disqualifying fewer of those ballots; and to codify nondiscrimination in state employment on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The Senate Finance Committee’s budget proposal was unveiled on Sunday. Though it has some merit, I was extremely disappointed that federal Medicaid expansion funds were not accepted in the document. Because of this omission, all Finance…
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
On average, 1,000 foxes are trapped in pens each year in Virginia to be ripped apart by dogs for what some call "blood sport." Humane Dominion activists will host a peaceful protest Wednesday outside the Virginia state Capitol in Richmond.
For Huntington resident Reasa Currier, fighting for animal rights is a full-time job. Currier founded Humane Dominion with a friend and launched the organization in October 2012. The group is deeply rooted in Christian principles, says Currier, because she feels compassion toward animals is part of group members' faith. “Something more needed to be done too, especially in the Virginia General Assembly,” Currier said. “Currently, there are no advocacy groups representing all animals in Virginia [before the General Assembly], which is very surprising.” Humane Dominion activists will join forces Wednesday with animal rights organizations, including the Humane Society and Richmond SPCA, to fight against the practice of fox penning. The groups…
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Senator Toddy Puller, Sen. Adam Ebbin, Del. Rob Krupicka, and Del. Scott Surovell are heading to Richmond for the 2013 session of Virginia's General Assembly.
The Virginia General Assembly will convene at noon Wednesday for its 2013 session. In odd-numbered years, the General Assembly meets for 30 days, with the option to extend the session for a maximum of another 30 days. The General Assembly consists of the House of Delegates with 100 members and the Senate with 40 members. The 140 elected representatives are from an equal number of constituent districts across the commonwealth. Greater Alexandria's representatives are: Virginia Senate 2013 Senator Linda "Toddy" Puller Member since 2000 Democrat District 36: Includes parts of Fairfax, Prince William, and Stafford counties. Senator Adam Ebbin Member since 2012 Democrat District 30: Includes parts of Fairfax County, Arlington County, and the…
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
State Sen. Adam Ebbin, who represents Alexandria as well as part of Arlington and Fairfax counties, spoke with Patch from the Obama-Biden headquarters in Old Town.
Virginia state Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-30th) stopped by the Obama-Biden Alexandria headquarters in Old Town on Tuesday to work the phone banks and talk to supporters. The office at 1400 Duke St. was a hive of activity. People standing in lines and draped on the floors throughout hallways talking on cell phones, waiting for training on how to canvass voters properly, working the phone banks and helping in other ways. Ebbin told Patch that he’s excited about the great turnout and grassroots enthusiasm. “This campaign is using techniques of the future… by organizing right down to the neighborhood level,” he said, speaking with Patch in a storage room—the only semi-quiet place in the building. “Alexandria and Northern Virginia are so key to the …
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Alexandria's Sen. Adam Ebbin called the House of Delegates' debate "homophobic."
The state House of Delegates voted 33-31, with 10 abstentions, to reject Richmond prosecutor Tracy Thorne-Begland's bid to become a General District Court judge, saying his support for gay marriage made him a poor candidate for the bench. Openly gay state Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-30th District), told The Washington Post's Virginia Politics blog: "The debate in the House of Delegates was homophobic and embarrassing and showed a disrespect to a chief deputy commonwealth attorney and decorated veteran who was honorably discharged." Gov. Bob McDonnell said through a spokesman that a judicial nominee's sexual orientation should not be an issue. Del. Bob Marshall (R-13th District), the Family Foundation and others said they did not object to a …
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Calls move a 'dramatic step backward' for Virginia
The Virginia Senate on Thursday passed a bill that allows private adoption agencies receiving state funding to bar gay couples from adopting children. Virginia will be only the second state in the country to pass a law that allows adoption agencies to ban gay couples from adoptions, joining North Dakota. The bill also applies to foster care agencies. Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-30th District), the state General Assembly's first openly gay member, who represents parts of Fairfax County, Arlington and the City of Alexandria, spoke out against the bill Thursday. "Let's be clear about what this bill is about, it has always been about denying GLBT Virginians the opportunity to form families...this has been clear since its inception," Ebbin said from the…