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Gov. Ralph Northam made a pitch for gun control at a Capitol Square rally Monday afternoon, but much of his firearm agenda had died Monday morning in a Republican-controlled Senate committee.
A Democratic bill to require universal background checks for gun purchases — a key component of Northam’s gun agenda — was defeated in the Senate Courts of Justice Committee. Another Northam-backed bill to allow localities to ban firearms at permitted events, which arose from the violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville last year, also failed to get through the committee.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) just released a report on noise complaints coming from Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) in 2016. According to the noise report, DCA received 9,094 complaints from Virginia. The majority of individuals submitted only one complaint. The Alexandria portion of Fairfax County accounted for 6,473 of Virginia’s 9,094 total complaints. There are just too many planes flying over our homes, too often, at too low an altitude.
Earlier this week, I joined officials from the City of Alexandria, faith leaders, and members of the community to observe Yom Ha’Shoah. We stood together to reflect on the systematic persecution and annihilation of six million Jews during the Holocaust, and the millions more, including gays and lesbians, people with disabilities, Roma, Jehovah’s Witnesses, political dissidents, Soviet POWs and others who suffered and died at the hands of Nazi Germany.
“The Governor’s amendments would maintain an aggressive timeline to remedy Alexandria’s CSO problem while granting oversight to the Department of Environmental Quality rather than the part-time legislature, which lacks the experience of environmental regulators.” said Senator Ebbin. “I was grateful to work with his office to develop a deliberate, intelligent, and realistic solution to this complex and longstanding issue.”