VaNews for 2019 State Senate - District 30 - Regular General



IF NORFOLK LOBBIED FOR MARIJUANA DECRIMINALIZATION, IT WOULD BE THE FIRST CITY IN VIRGINIA TO DO SO

By PATRICK WILSON , Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Norfolk Councilman Paul Riddick wants the state’s second-largest city to ask the General Assembly to decriminalize possessing small amounts of marijuana. Such efforts have quickly died in the past few years in the Republican-controlled legislature. But should Norfolk decide to lobby lawmakers and seek GOP backing, the city would advance the discussion, advocates for marijuana reform said.

VaNews August 25, 2016



VIRGINIA'S TWO OPENLY GAY LEGISLATORS FILE BILLS TO REPEAL STATUTORY BANS ON SAME-SEX MARRIAGE

By ANDREW CAIN, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Two openly gay members of Virginia’s legislature have introduced bills to repeal now-moot sections of the state constitution and state law that prohibit same-sex marriage. Rulings in federal court and ultimately the U.S. Supreme Court have superseded the provisions in state law that state Sen. Adam P. Ebbin, D-Alexandria, and Del. Mark D. Sickles, D-Fairfax, want to take off of the books.

VaNews July 19, 2016