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Senator Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria) and Senator Jennifer Wexton (D-Loudoun) push back against the faulty logic that arming teachers is the best way to make students safer.

 

 

Senator Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria) and Senator Jennifer Wexton (D-Loudoun) push back against the faulty logic that arming teachers is the best way to make students safer.

On Tuesday, February 20th, the General Assembly honored Michelle Cottrell-Williams for her accomplishment as 2018 Teacher of the Year. A social studies teacher at Wakefield High School in Arlington for the past ten years, she was chosen from the eight regional winners representing all the public schools in Virginia.

Virginians overwhelmingly want marijuana decriminalization. SB 954 would result in even more disparate outcomes for the poor and hit our minority communities hardest. SB954 is a flawed proposal that does nothing to address the racial disparities in policing practices or the criminal justice system.

 

ARLINGTON, VA: Local lawmakers representing the Reagan National Airport and Dulles International Airport areas today expressed their strong opposition to President Donald J. Trump’s proposal to sell these two critical national assets as a part of his infrastructure plan.

 

A bill introduced by Senator Adam Ebbin (D-30, Alexandria) to ban Bump Stocks and similar devices failed to advance from the Senate Finance Committee on a 6-10 vote.

 

Bills introduced by Senator Adam Ebbin (D-30, Alexandria) and Senator Jennifer Wexton (D-33, Loudoun) to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in public employment and housing, passed the Virginia Senate on a decisive 29-10 vote.

SB 202, introduced by Ebbin, would codify non-discrimination protections for LGBT persons in public employment that have previously been enforced via executive orders from four of the past five Governors, as well as include protections for pregnant women, veterans, and other protected classes in state law.

Cortney Carroll recounts her experiences as a survivor of the Las Vegas mass shooting. Her brave testimony was given on January 15th at the Senate Courts of Justice Committee in support of Senator Adam Ebbin's SB1 to ban bump stocks and other devices used to increase a semi-automatic rate of fire to that of a machine gun. The bill will be heard in the Senate Finance Committee in the next few weeks.

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.”

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