VaNews for Mark Keam



STATE LAWMAKERS PASS LASER HAIR REMOVAL REGULATIONS

By TYLER WOODALL, VCU Capital News Service

Laser hair removal in Virginia would have to be done under the supervision of a doctor or other health professional, according to a bill approved this week by the General Assembly. House Bill 2119, sponsored by Del. Mark Keam, D-Vienna, would require that laser hair removal treatments be performed by a medical doctor, physician assistant or nurse practitioner — or by a "properly trained person" working under one of those professionals.

VaNews February 23, 2017



GENERAL ASSEMBLY PASSES BILL TO PREVENT IDENTITY THEFT

By RODRIGO ARRIAZA, VCU Capital News Service

A bill that seeks to protect Virginians from losing their income tax refunds to identity thieves won final approval Wednesday in the General Assembly. The bill’s sponsor, Del. Mark Keam, D-Vienna, said thieves can steal information from the payroll system of an employer or payroll service and use it to claim a state income tax refund before the real taxpayer files a legitimate return.

VaNews February 16, 2017



DITCH DIRTY FUELS RALLY URGES SUPPORT FOR CLEAN ENERGY

By MEGAN SCHIFFRES, VCU Capital News Service

Waving signs declaring “No Fracking Way” and “Beyond Coal,” more than 50 environmentalists gathered Monday for a Ditch Dirty Fuels Rally near the state Capitol, encouraging Virginia legislators to embrace clean energy alternatives. The Sierra Club sponsored the event, which coincided with Conservation Lobby Day. ... Del. Mark Keam, D-Fairfax, attended the rally and expressed his support for alternative, renewable energy sources. Keam spoke about his experiences on the House Special Subcommittee on Energy, where he said too many of his colleagues base their decisions on party politics.

VaNews January 24, 2017



BILL TO EXTEND COAL TAX CREDIT REACHES GOVERNOR'S DESK

By ALICIA PETSKA, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

The bid to extend Virginia’s coal tax credit has once again cleared the General Assembly and is on its way to the governor’s desk. Lawmakers continued to tweak the extension bill over the past week as supporters worked to shore up the bipartisan alliance needed to ensure the contested measure makes it into law.

VaNews February 29, 2016



FAIRFAX DELEGATES TO FOCUS ON GUNS, STUDENT LOANS, ETHICS

By BRIAN TROMPETER, Sun Gazette

Social justice, student-loan refinancing, firearm safety and campaign-finance reform will be among the topics of dozens of bills proposed by local House of Delegates members in the 2016 General Assembly session. Del. Marcus Simon (D-53rd), who ran unopposed for a second term this past November, again will file a bill to repeal state-code statutes prohibiting same-sex marriages and civil unions. The U.S. Supreme Court already has ruled that Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriages is unenforceable, but the commonwealth’s code should reflect that, Simon said.

VaNews January 6, 2016



KEAM EFFORT TO GIVE TOWNS MORE OPTIONS FOR RAISING FUNDS DIES

Prince William Today

A proposal by Del. Mark Keam (D-35th) to allow Virginia towns to collect extra revenue to develop and maintain electronic-summons systems died in a subcommittee of the House Committee for Courts of Justice. Cities and counties already have the power to levy additional fees in criminal and traffic cases to develop such systems.

VaNews February 6, 2015



VA. LAWMAKER BACKS RESIDENTS FIGHTING TYSONS TAX HIKE

By TAYLOR HOLLAND, Washington Examiner

A Virginia lawmaker is siding with Fairfax County residents in their fight against higher taxes even though that could disrupt the county's plans to redevelop Tysons Corner into a new urban downtown. Del. Mark Keam, D-Vienna, said he will introduce legislation in the General Assembly that will either completely exempt residents who live in special tax districts or require that they be taxed at a lower rate than businesses in those districts.

VaNews December 21, 2012



VA. LEGISLATORS GET TWITTER-SAVVY

By ANITA KUMAR, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

It used to be easier to end debate in the Virginia General Assembly. A legislator — in the majority party, of course — fed up with the heated rhetoric on any issue simply made a motion. There was a quick vote. Voila. It’s over.But these days, the debate can drag on — and on. In this legislative session more than any other — particularly in the younger, rowdier House of Delegates — lawmakers who want to be heard when they’re denied speaking time take to the Twitterverse.

VaNews March 8, 2012



TRACK EACH LAWMAKER'S VOTING RECORD

Roanoke Times Editorial (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

When incumbent lawmakers run for re-election, they have a record of official votes. Actually, they have several. There's the record an incumbent shares with his constituents, usually a flattering picture that highlights his accomplishments. There's the record his opponent shares, usually much less complimentary, highlighting the incumbent's failures. Then there is the truth, a nuanced picture somewhere in the middle. Incumbents in the past have not wanted their constituents to see that, at least not easily.

VaNews December 26, 2011



WARNER HELPS RAISE MONEY FOR DEMOCRATIC LEGISLATIVE CANDIDATES

By ANITA KUMAR, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner is helping Democratic candidates for the General Assembly raise some much-needed cash in their battle to keep control of the state Senate. The popular former governor, who is finishing a whirlwind tour of the state during Congress’s August recess, has managed to add a number of fundraising events to his eight-day, 39-event schedule. On Friday, he will headline a lunchtime fundraiser for Sen. John Edwards (Roanoke). On Saturday, he will attend both a meet-and-greet for Sen. Phil Puckett and Vern Presley, who is running against Del. Will Morefield (R), in Tazewell, and a fundraiser for John Lamie, vying to replace Sen. William Wampler (Bistol) in Abingdon.

VaNews August 29, 2011