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State Sen. Adam Ebbin (D) is trying again to codify some basic LGBTQ rights in Virginia.  Ebbin has proposed three bills to the General Assembly regarding same-sex marriage and LGBTQ rights — bills very similar to the three that were rejected during last year’s legislative session. They were all defeated in their respective committees.  Tne bill would repeal the amendment to the Constitution of Virginia that defines valid or recognized marriages as “only a union between a man and a woman.” It also prohibits the creation or recognition of other legal relationship statuses — including partnerships and unions — that are assigned the same rights and benefits as marriages. This amendment was approved by voters during the November 2006 election, but declared unconstitutional by a federal judge in 2014.


Hume Avenue sits just off Alexandria’s Jefferson Davis Highway, behind the National Tire and Battery store. Like the highway, the three-block stretch of modest homes was named for a Confederate leader, although one not as well-known as the president of the Rebel states.

Now both streets could get new names, along with at least 31 others in Alexandria, the latest ripple in a national debate over the Confederacy that erupted after the shooting rampage at a black church in Charleston, S.C., allegedly carried out by white supremacist Dylann Roof.

State Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-30th) says that Jefferson Davis Highway is not the most welcoming name for a roadway that is a gateway into the area.  The highway runs through a large part of Ebbin’s 30th District. See a map here.  “It’s not the most welcoming name as we try to lure those from DC to shop and come in and do business in Virginia,” he said recently on The Kojo Nnamdi Show.

Governor McAuliffe Announces 700 New Jobs in Arlington and Spotsylvania Counties Following Meeting in Neckarsulm, Germany

RICHMOND, Va. — There’s more than one way to kill legislation in the Virginia General Assembly.

There’s the straight-up way: Put it up for a vote and lawmakers must go on record, pro or con.

Then there’s the stealthy way: Kill it in a subcommittee without a recorded vote, and it vanishes without a trace.

It’s a longstanding practice in Virginia’s 400-year-old legislature. But transparency advocates say the public deserves better.

Gov. Bob McDonnell expedited the restoration of voting rights of nonviolent felons who have completed their sentences. Gov. Terry McAuliffe has built on the precedent. The state Senate has taken the next step.

The chamber has given first approval to a proposed constitutional amendment to make restoration automatic. Nonviolent felons would not need to apply for it.

Section 1 of Article II in the Virginia Constitution describes qualifications of voters. The amendment adds the italicized language to the text:

A bill co-sponsored by Arlington legislators that would require college campuses to provide survivors of sexual assaults with options for off-campus resources — like counseling and law enforcement — has passed the state Senate.

The General Assembly could dramatically change the way Virginia regulates its two major power companies.

Dominion Virginia Power is proposing a trade: It will lock base rates in place until 2020 and cover the costs of any power plants it closes during the next five years.

In return, the Richmond-based company’s overall profits will not be reviewed by the State Corporation Commission, which is charged with regulating the company and reviewing its rates every two years. If the utility earns more than it should under current law, it must issue a partial refund to customers.

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Tuesday reiterated his belief that the commonwealth over the last year has seen “tremendous progress” on the expansion of rights to its LGBT residents.

“We have made tremendous progress,” said McAuliffe during an Equality Virginia reception at the Library of Virginia, which is a few blocks away from the Statehouse in downtown Richmond. “We have a long way to go.”

You may not have noticed, but on Tuesday huge cheers boomed out of every nursery school classroom in the commonwealth.

Four-year-old boys and girls wept in happiness and relief. They’d been so scared of losing their gun rights they couldn’t concentrate on learning their ABCs. Thankfully, the National Rifle Association came through for them again.