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Q&A: State Senate-District 30: Adam P. Ebbin (D)

By STAFF REPORT, Alexandria Gazette Packet

Q: What is one issue that defines your call to serve, why does it matter, and how will you tackle it? A: Standing up for the little guy is the principle that guides my work as a public official. Most people with pressing needs don’t have powerful lobbyists, including children in poverty, immigrants, LGBT people, seniors and the disabled, and lots of working people just trying to get by.

VaNews October 30, 2015

Sens. Favola, Ebbin kick off re-election bids


Perhaps the only sweating state Sens. Barbara Favola and Adam Ebbin will do this campaign season came May 6, when they formally announced re-election bids in a Ballston conference center where the crowd had overwhelmed the air-conditioning system. Favola (D-31st) and Ebbin (D-30th) appear likely to cruise to victory in November with little or no organized opposition, paving the way for second four-year terms for each.

VaNews May 11, 2015

Sen. Ebbin aims to have Va. return to paper checks for tax refunds

Sun Gazette

State Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-30th) has introduced legislation that would require the state government to return to issuing paper checks as tax refunds for those who do not wish the funds to be electronically transferred into their bank accounts. For the past several years, the state government has not offered checks to those getting refunds. If they did not wish an electronic transfer of the funds, they would receive a prepaid ATM card with the amount of the refund installed on it.

VaNews January 15, 2015

Tweet first, ask questions later

By PATRICIA SULLIVAN, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Virginia state Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria) thought the man trying his car door while he was stopped at a red light Thursday was an attempted carjacker. Ebbin pulled his car forward, the man left, and Ebbin called police. Before they arrived, the well-known legislator did what millions of people these days are inclined to do when something unusual happens. He went on Twitter.

VaNews January 9, 2015

Bill introduced to legalize small amounts of marijuana

By FRANK GREEN, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

A bill that would decriminalize the possession of an ounce or less of marijuana has been introduced by state Sen. Adam P. Ebbin, D-Alexandria, for the coming General Assembly session. The effort comes on the heels of legalization in two other states. Ebbin said there have been unsuccessful bills introduced in the Virginia House of Delegates in the past, but that this is the first he is aware of coming from the Senate.

VaNews December 1, 2014

Va. bill would decriminalize marijuana

By PETER VIETH, Virginia Lawyers Weekly (Subscription required for some articles)

State Sen. Adam P. Ebbin, D-Alexandria, has introduced legislation to decriminalize simple marijuana possession in Virginia. Ebbin’s Senate Bill 686 would decriminalize marijuana possession and eliminate the 30-day jail sentence and the current $500 criminal fine.

VaNews November 7, 2014

No. Va. lawmakers take aim at hybrid fee increase in transportation bill

By FREDRICK KUNKLE , Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Hours after the Virginia General Assembly concluded its annual session, two Northern Virginia lawmakers decided to try to undo what the legislature had just done to people who drive hybrid vehicles. Del. Scott A. Surovell (D-Mount Vernon) and Sen. Adam P. Ebbin (D-Alexandria) want Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) to kill a provision in the landmark transportation-funding package that would double the annual $50 registration fee on electric vehicles and also apply it to hybrid cars and those that use alternative fuels.

VaNews February 26, 2013

Cohabitation would be legal under Senate bill

By CHELYEN DAVIS, Free Lance-Star (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Your grandmother might still disapprove, but it would no longer be illegal to live with your boyfriend or girlfriend under a bill advanced Monday by a Senate committee. The bill, from Sen. Adam Ebbin, repeals Virginia’s law – more than a century old – that makes unmarried cohabitation illegal.

VaNews January 29, 2013

Va. Senate approves bill to ban government discrimination against gays

By BEN PERSHING, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

The Virginia Senate approved a bill Friday that would prevent the state government from discriminating based on sexual orientation, a key milestone in a debate that has lurched back and forth repeatedly in recent years. The measure passed on a 24 to 16 vote, with four Republicans joining all of the chamber’s Democrats in favor. A companion measure has not been offered in the House; supporters were focused on getting it through the Senate first.

VaNews January 26, 2013

Democrats propose expanded gun background checks

By JULIAN WALKER, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

With the mass shooting at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school fresh on their minds, two Democratic state legislators are proposing bills to expand Virginia's criminal background checks to cover more gun transactions and tighten restrictions on the sale of weapons to mentally ill people. The patrons of those measures are Sen. Adam Ebbin of Alexandria and Del. Patrick Hope of Arlington; Ebbin also wants to ban firearms in legislative buildings and require owners of firearms to alert authorities if their weapons are lost or stolen.

VaNews January 16, 2013