A robust legislative agenda seeking to improve Virginia’s approach to mental health crises emerged this year from the Joint Subcommittee Studying Mental Health Services. The General Assembly has embraced several aspects of mental health reform, however, several important steps remain to be taken before we are fully faithfully supporting this community. Our work to build coalitions across regional and party lines to benefit the mental health of Virginians continues. Read More
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.”
Mr. President, I rise for a point of personal privilege and a motion:
Today, February 22, marks the 285th anniversary of the birth, in Westmoreland County, of a great son of Virginia, George Washington.
The Senator from Eastern Fairfax and I have arranged for you to receive the 2017 Mount Vernon Calendar, and Mt. Vernon’s quarterly magazine, both of which are on your desks today.
Last year, I talked a bit about Washington the Burgess. This year, I’d like to talk about Washington the politician.
With their competing versions of the budget adopted, the House of Delegates and state Senate now prepare for direct combat over the revenues available and how best to spend them.The biggest partisan fight in the Senate came over the decision to strip almost $4 million in new funding that McAuliffe had proposed for the Department of Elections in response to an outcry by Republicans before the election last fall about the shortcomings of the state voter registration system, VERIS. “This is a drastic cut that will undermine the department in its mission to ensure the integrity of the election process,” said Sen. Adam P. Ebbin, D-Alexandria, who also warned that without the proposed funding “the functionality of our system is at risk.”