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VaNews for Harry Blevins

Cosgrove seeks assessment reform

By MATTHEW WARD, Suffolk News Herald

Sen. John Cosgrove, who represents 10 Suffolk voting precincts, has introduced a bill into the state legislature that would help property owners fight unfair real estate assessments. SB 872 requires the locality to justify why it raised a tax assessment if the taxpayer appeals.

VaNews January 16, 2015

Third Republican enters Va. Senate special election

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

Three's company in the Republican nominating contest to replace retiring Sen. Harry Blevins, R-Chesapeake, now that Bill Haley has entered the field. Haley declared "I am running for Senate" in an e-mail to The Virginian-Pilot Saturday, giving him about two weeks to campaign for the May 9 GOP firehouse primary also featuring Del. John Cosgrove of Chesapeake and Portsmouth Republican activist Chris Stearns.

VaNews April 30, 2013

Sen. Harry Blevins to retire from General Assembly

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

After 15 years, Sen. Harry Blevins is leaving the General Assembly. The soft-spoken Chesapeake Republican said Wednesday he’ll retire in August with two years left on his term, setting up a special election to replace him.

VaNews April 4, 2013

Virginia toll tax credit bills stall out in panel

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

Proposals from two lawmakers from South Hampton Roads to create a tax credit for residents of certain localities who pay transportation tolls have been parked. The bills, SB859 from Sen. Harry Blevins, R-Chesapeake, and HB1963 from Del. Matthew James, D-Portsmouth, would permit taxpayers who live in qualified localities - those with a public-private transportation project whose annual unemployment rate is higher than the state average - to deduct half of what they pay in tolls from their income for state tax purposes.

VaNews January 17, 2013

After key vote, Sen. Blevins got helicopter ride home

By BOB LEWIS, Associated Press

A state senator who was driving to his ailing wife's side when he was urgently summoned back to the Capitol to ensure Wednesday's surprise passage of the often-stalled Virginia budget got a state-funded helicopter ride to her Chesapeake hospital after voting. The Virginia State Police helicopter round trip was just short of two hours and cost the state $1,530, said VSP spokeswoman Corinne Geller.

VaNews April 20, 2012

Senator in flight: the tall tale of Blevins' travel

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

A helicopter? State police cruisers? Like a game of "telephone," the story of how Sen. Harry Blevins traveled to and from the State Capitol Wednesday for a critical vote on Virginia's two-year budget has taken on a life of its own. Given that, here's a brief synopsis of his journey by land and air to cut through the confusion.

VaNews April 20, 2012

For Va. state senator, week turns into political and personal roller coaster

By LAURA VOZZELLA, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Republican state Sen. Harry B. Blevins, a swing vote on abortion, already has a nickname among lawmakers: He’s the Justice Kennedy of the Virginia Senate. So nobody’s about to start calling him Leon Panetta. Not even after he was whisked by state police helicopter from the Capitol back home to Chesapeake on Wednesday, following his key vote to end the state budget stalemate.

VaNews April 20, 2012

'Tebow bill' killed by Va. Senate committee

By LARRY O'DELL, Associated Press

A Virginia Senate committee rejected legislation Thursday that would have allowed home-schooled students to play public school sports. The Education and Health committee voted 8-7 kill to the "Tim Tebow bill" - a reference to the Denver Broncos quarterback who was home-schooled and went on to win a Heisman Trophy and lead the University of Florida to a national championship.

VaNews March 2, 2012

Va. House panel kills new rules for Franklin City Council

By BRAD FULTON | CAPITAL NEWS SERVICE, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

A House subcommittee killed a bill Wednesday that would have changed the Franklin city charter to, among other things, require City Council members to resign their seats to run for mayor. The measure, SB311 from Sen. Harry Blevins, R-Chesapeake, won unanimous approval from the Senate on Jan. 23. Last week, Franklin City Council members called the bill an "embarrassment" that should be held over until 2013 and amended.

VaNews March 1, 2012

In stunning turnaround, Senate scraps 'personhood' bill

By JIM NOLAN, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

The state Senate on Thursday reined in perhaps the most sweeping proposed change to Virginia's abortion-related laws in years when it voted to derail a bill that would have conferred legal rights to fetuses. By a vote of 24-14, House Bill 1 — the so-called personhood bill sponsored by Del. Robert G. Marshall, R-Prince William — was re-referred to the Senate Education and Health Committee and carried over to the 2013 legislative session.

VaNews February 24, 2012