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Virginia: Marijuana Decriminalization Takes Effect July 1

May 26, 2020News Clip

Richmond, VA: Democratic Governor Ralph Northam has signed legislation (Senate Bill 2 | House Bill 972) decriminalizing marijuana possession. The new law takes effect July 1, 2020 and reduces penalties for offenses involving personal possession of up to one ounce of marijuana to a civil violation – punishable by a maximum $25 fine, no arrest, and no criminal record.

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Governor Northam signs Virginia Values Act

April 15, 2020News Clip

Senate Bill 868, sponsored by Senator Adam Ebbin, prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in housing, public and private employment, public accommodations, and access to credit.

“I am grateful to Governor Northam for signing the Virginia Values Act, which represents years of dedicated work by activists, legislators, and progressive members of our business community to ensure full protection for every Virginian under the law,” said Senator Adam Ebbin. “Sadly, during times of crisis like these, discrimination rises, and its effects become more apparent. When jobs are scarce and housing unaffordable, the reality of who you are must be an additional hurdle to putting food on the table or providing shelter for your family. This law provides important new protections.”

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Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax State Representatives Push Through Anti-Litter Bills

April 15, 2020News Clip

Trash on streets and in waterways, most of it plastic and styrofoam, is an increasingly common sight in Northern Virginia. But local legislators, and activists like Le Menestrel, have something to celebrate. Looking back on the session, not all of the proposed anti-plastic bills passed, but some of them did:

SB11 - by Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-39). Local disposable plastic bag tax. Authorizes any county or city, beginning no earlier than January 1, 2021, to impose a tax of five cents per bag on disposable plastic bags provided to consumers by certain retailers, with certain bags being exempt from the tax. 

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Letter: Green-economy legislation will benefit all Virginians

April 15, 2020News Clip

Editor: I am writing to thank state Sen. Adam Ebbin for voting in favor of the Virginia Clean Economy Act, a bill that sets a blueprint for a 100-percent clean energy standard by 2045.

This historic legislation is now off to Gov. Northam’s desk.

This is a huge win for birds and people as climate change threatens the very existence of the commonwealth. Warming temperatures make it harder for humans to live happy and healthy lives, and put at risk our feathered friends like the cerulean warbler and the red-headed woodpecker. The measure is a practical, ambitious climate solution we need now more than ever.

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Senator Ebbin Wins Marijuana Decriminalization Fight

April 15, 2020News Clip

It’s been a long-running fight for Ebbin, who represents parts of Arlington and has frequently proposed decriminalization laws with limited success.

“This is going to make a tremendous difference in up to 30,000 Virginians lives who receive a criminal charge each year,” Ebbin told ARLnow. “They’ll no longer have the repercussions that come with a criminal charge. I think we’ll be in a much better place with a modest fine.”

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