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Rasoul bill would boost gun sales taxes to fund violence prevention

By AMY FRIEDENBERGER, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Del. Sam Rasoul, D-Roanoke, has introduced a bill that would establish a fund to support gun violence prevention programs, and the funding would come from a 15% sales tax on firearm and ammunition sales.

VaNews January 21, 2020

Rasoul: It's Time for Ranked Choice Voting in Virginia


Winning a primary often guarantees winning an election. That’s because many districts are so heavily red or so heavily blue. Delegate Sam Rasoul wants to change all that. He has a plan that would create ranked choice voting and open primaries, sending four of the top candidates to the November ballot regardless of which the candidates are from. He acknowledges party leaders on either side probably won’t like the idea.

VaNews January 6, 2020

Democrats Announce Plan to Cut All Carbon From Electrical Grid by 2050


A group of Democratic lawmakers announced legislation on Thursday to phase out carbon pollution from Virginia’s electrical grid by 2050. The plan is in line with targets set by Governor Ralph Northam in an executive order earlier this year but less ambitious than the Virginia Green New Deal, which is sponsored by Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke).

VaNews December 23, 2019

Virginia delegate files Green New Deal bill

By DAVE RESS, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 1 article a month)

The Green New Deal has got people talking in Washington, and now it looks as if it will in Richmond, too. Del. Sam Rasoul, D-Roanoke, has filed a Virginia Green New Deal Act, which aims to move the state away from fossil fuels.

VaNews December 10, 2019

Rasoul to run for House majority leader

By AMY FRIEDENBERGER AND PATRICK WILSON, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Roanoke Del. Sam Rasoul will run for majority leader in the House of Delegates, one of a handful of leadership positions Democrats will decide on Saturday....Currently, the only Southwest Virginia legislator in a leadership position is Del. Nick Rush, R-Christiansburg, who serves as the whip for the House Republicans. Morgan Griffith, now a Republican in Congress, was the last majority leader from Southwest Virginia. Griffith, of Salem, served in the role from 2000 to 2010. Richard Cranwell, of Vinton, served as majority leader for House Democrats from 1991 to 2000 and then was minority leader until 2002.

VaNews November 7, 2019

Roanoke's Del. Rasoul planning new seminar on legislative bills

By AMY FRIEDENBERGER, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Del. Sam Rasoul is bringing back his program for people interested in writing their own pieces of legislation to submit to the Virginia General Assembly.

VaNews September 16, 2019

Attorney General: Localities can regulate locations of gun shops

By AMY FRIEDENBERGER, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Local governments have the authority to enact zoning ordinances to regulate the location of businesses that sell firearms, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring wrote Friday in an opinion spurred by a gun shop that opened in Roanoke County. Herring issued the opinion in response to an inquiry from Del. Sam Rasoul, D-Roanoke

VaNews August 26, 2019

Democratic Delegates Square Off With Dominion Over Clean Energy


Dominion Energy is gradually retiring its high-emissions coal-fired plants in favor of more efficient natural gas plants. But some Democratic delegates say those facilities are still heavy polluters and are advocating a statewide push to renewable energy. Delegates Sam Rasoul and Delores McQuinn are sponsoring legislation for the upcoming General Assembly session that would require the state’s energy suppliers to move to 80 percent renewable energy by 2028. It would also place a moratorium on state approvals for almost all new energy infrastructure related to fossil fuel beginning in 2020.

VaNews December 27, 2018

Roanoke's Sam Rasoul seeking minority leader post in House of Delegates

By AMY FRIEDENBERGER, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Del. Sam Rasoul is one of the five Democrats interested in becoming the next minority leader in the House of Delegates. The 49 Democrats in the House of Delegates will meet Saturday in a closed-door meeting in Richmond to elect their new leader. Rasoul, 37, has represented Roanoke since 2014.

VaNews December 5, 2018

Residents learn how to write their own bills

By AMY FRIEDENBERGER, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Natasha Harper's son died nearly three years ago in the Roanoke City Jail from killing himself. She's been raising awareness about issues related to mental illness and jails since then, but now she wants to see some changes through legislation. Sitting with a three other people at a table at Pilgrim Baptist Church in Roanoke Tuesday night, Harper presented issues she thinks need to be addressed.

VaNews September 19, 2018