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VaNews for 2015 State Senate - District 23 - Regular General



LOCAL LEGISLATORS TALK POLITICS OVER PANCAKES AT ANNUAL BREAKFAST

By ALICIA PETSKA, News & Advance (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Road money, workforce support and the rising cost of higher education were among the issues broached Tuesday during the Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce’s annual post-session gathering with local lawmakers. Sen. Steve Newman, chair of the transportation committee, praised a new funding formula that earmarks more money for local transportation districts.

VaNews April 15, 2015



SENS. GARRETT, NEWMAN VOTE TO BLOCK IN-STATE TUITION FROM CERTAIN IMMIGRANTS

By ALICIA PETSKA, News & Advance (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Sens. Tom Garrett and Steve Newman voted yes on a bill Thursday to block certain immigrants from getting in-state tuition at Virginia colleges. Senate Bill 722, which passed out of committee on a straight party-line vote, would bar students who fall under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — a group sometimes known as DREAMers — from getting the substantially lower in-state tuition rate.

VaNews January 16, 2015



NEWMAN SUPPORTS BAN ON GIFTS FOR STATE LEGISLATORS

By ALICIA PETSKA, News & Advance (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

State Sen. Steve Newman, R-Forest, said Tuesday he supports a blanket ban on gifts for state legislators — a prohibition he’s practiced for years. “I know some are leery of it,” said Newman, vice chair of the Senate Republican Caucus. “But I’ve done it for about 10 years, and it’s just very easy. There’s no question about where the line is.”

VaNews November 19, 2014



NEWMAN VOTED ‘NO’ ON TRANSPORTATION AMENDMENT

By RAY REED, News & Advance (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

State Sen. Steve Newman, the Lynchburg area’s only representative on the Senate Finance Committee, voted against an amended transportation bill sent to the Senate floor Tuesday on a 9-6 vote. The amended bill wasn’t “revenue neutral,” Newman said, referring to new taxes that would generate $728 million for roads next year without cutting taxes elsewhere.

VaNews February 13, 2013



NEWMAN'S SENATE BILL ADDRESSES DRUG PRICES

By RAY REED, News & Advance (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Sen. Steve Newman said Virginia consumers may catch a break under a drug-prices bill that passed a Senate committee last week. People using injectable drugs for rheumatoid arthritis, among other illnesses, could benefit within two years under the legislation.

VaNews February 4, 2013



EXPLORE PARK MAY BE PUT UNDER STATE UMBRELLA

By MICHAEL SLUSS, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Explore Park could become part of state government and be eligible for state funding under bills introduced in the General Assembly this week. The bills introduced by Del. Chris Head, R-Botetourt County, and Sen. Steve Newman, R-Lynchburg, would settle questions about the park's governance and, potentially, make more resources accessible. Head and Newman serve on the park's oversight board, the Virginia Recreational Facilities Authority.

VaNews January 19, 2013



NEWMAN WILL CARRY TRANSPORTATION BILL IN SENATE

By RAY REED, News & Advance (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

State Sen. Steve Newman, R-Lynchburg and the sponsor of Gov. Bob McDonnell’s transportation package in the Senate, describes the reform bill as “a wash” in terms of its overall tax impact on Virginians. If the bill passes as proposed, Virginia’s 5-cents-per-dollar sales tax on everything from clothes to candy bars would go up to 5.8 cents. State accountants are telling lawmakers the 0.8-cent increase in the sales tax, if it’s locked in to be spent on transportation, would generate revenues equal to those from the gas tax.

VaNews January 9, 2013