Del. Onzlee Ware, D-Roanoke, was elected to a sixth term in the House of Delegates last week, but he won’t go to Richmond to serve it.
Ware said Thursday that he will resign his seat to spend more time with his ailing mother, Edna Ware Taylor, who has been in a nursing home since suffering a stroke three months ago.
Onzlee Ware, who has represented the city of Roanoke in the House of Delegates for most of the past decade, has decided to seek re-election in November, he announced Monday.
Ware, a Democrat, will have no primary opponent for the 11th House District seat. So far, no Republicans have declared.
Roanoke Del. Onzlee Ware will have a seat at the table as negotiators from the House of Delegates and state Senate try to hammer out a compromise transportation funding bill.
House Speaker Bill Howell, R-Stafford County, appointed Ware, a Democrat, and four Republican delegates to the House conference committee that will work to reconcile differences with the Senate on the transportation funding bill.
Roanoke Del. Onzlee Ware ended the suspense about his position on a controversial Senate redistricting plan Friday, announcing on the House floor that he opposes the Republican-drawn blueprint.
Ware, a Democrat, created a buzz earlier this week when he said he would consider voting for the plan because it creates a sixth black majority Senate district.
At least two black House Democrats say they might vote for the GOP’s surprise Virginia Senate redistricting plan, a move that could make it easier for Republican Gov. Robert F. McDonnell and House Speaker William J. Howell to find their way out of a sticky political quandary.
Dels. Onzlee Ware (Roanoke) and Rosalyn R. Dance (Petersburg) told The Washington Post on Wednesday that they are considering the plan, which would create a new majority-black district in Southside but also disperse black voting power in at least eight other districts.
In a vote that reflected regional divisions and the shifting balance of power in the legislature, the House of Delegates today passed legislation that would change the composition of the board that oversees Virginia’s transportation construction budget.
By a vote of 51-47, the House passed a bill (HB 864) that would assign membership on the Commonwealth Transportation Board by congressional district rather than transportation construction district.
About half of last year’s reported gifts to state lawmakers came from Virginia Uranium Inc., a company pushing them to lift a 30-year moratorium on uranium mining. Virginia Uranium spent more than $120,000 on General Assembly members, mainly for the company’s sponsored trips to uranium sites in France and Canada, according to the nonprofit Virginia Public Access Project’s online database.
Local lawmakers we talked to say they'll be using some unusual tactics in the General Assembly to make sure we don't get the short end of the stick this session.
"I've already seen Southwest Virginia really rallying together, whether it's judges, or budget, or any other issues. I think you'll see a really strong Southwest Virginia delegation,” said Salem Republican Greg Habeeb.
Because there are still unknowns about uranium mining in Virginia, local lawmakers would like a way to get more answers.
A key question is how exactly to move forward. Delegate Don Merricks of Pittsylvania County plans to introduce a bill to ensure that lifting the state’s moratorium — if it happens at all — doesn’t come first.
A proposal to end Virginia's 30-year-old ban on uranium mining could surface in next year's General Assembly session, but the issue has largely been absent from this year's campaigns to fill all 140 seats in the state capitol.
Virginia Uranium Inc. wants to mine what is believed to be one of the largest concentrations of uranium in the country - a 70-year supply worth an estimated $10 billion - at a site in Pittsylvania County about 6 miles outside Chatham