Running as an independent with socially liberal views against Del. G. Manoli Loupassi, the Republican incumbent in the 68th House District, William K. “Bill” Grogan says he wants to fight for fair play in the workplace and elections, protect the environment and preserve individual freedoms —including the right of gays and lesbians to marry and allowing women to make their own health choices.
The son of immigrants from Greece, Republican G. Manoli Loupassi was first elected to the House of Delegates in 2007. Loupassi cites his experience as a small-business owner “who appreciates the struggles of the average person” as a credential to serve the people of the 68th District.
By a 65-32 vote, the House of Delegates on Wednesday passed legislation that would provide equal representation on the Richmond Metropolitan Authority.
House Bill 1732, introduced by Del. G. Manoli Loupassi, R-Richmond, a former City Council president, would give three seats each on a 10-member board to Richmond and to Chesterfield and Henrico counties, and one to a representative of the Commonwealth Transportation Board.
An attempt to eliminate the monthly fee on E-ZPass transponders was referred today for further study in the Joint Commission on Transportation Accountability, which will look at the idea later this year.
After lengthy debate in the House Transportation Committee, the bill sponsored by Del. G. Manoli Loupassi, R-Richmond, was sent for further discussion, meaning the proposal lives for another day, but the issue is dead for this session.
A constitutional amendment to put a ceiling on state debt, proposed by Del. Ben Cline, R-Rockbridge, moved forward Monday but with a provision requiring it to be rewritten.
A Privileges and Elections subcommittee combined Cline’s measure with a slightly different proposal from Del. Manoli Loupassi, R-Richmond, intended to use the constitution to limit spending.
Del. G. Manoli Loupassi’s attempt to eliminate the monthly fee on E-ZPass transponders advanced through a House subcommittee this morning over the concerns of road operators and the Virginia Department of Transportation.
VDOT began charging a monthly fee of 50 cents on regular transponders and $1 for the Flex transponder for new customers as of July 9, 2012. The agency says the fee will help to cover the cost of administering the program, which allows drivers to use open air tolling gantries as opposed to stopping at a booth to toss change.
The bill moves to the full House Transportation Committee, where it could face rough going.
John Maloney, a Richmond financial adviser, has filed to run as an independent for the 68th House of Delegates district seat held by Del. G. Manoli Loupassi, a Republican.
Though this is Maloney’s first run for elected office, he’s been a vocal advocate for legislation in recent years, including a bill that passed in 2011 to require health insurers to cover some treatments for autistic children ages 2 to 6.