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VaNews for 2019 House of Delegates - District 47 - Regular General

Delegates propose raising cigarette tax, banning sales of flavored tobacco products in Virginia


Two Virginia delegates want to increase the cigarette tax by six times its current amount and ban the sales of flavored tobacco products in the commonwealth. Del. Patrick Hope (D-47th) and Del. Cliff Hayes (D-77th) hosted a Tobacco Control Policy Press Conference in Richmond Thursday outlining three tobacco-related bills: raising the cigarette tax to $1.80 (HB1120), creating a statewide retail licensing system (HB1283), and banning the sales of flavored tobacco products (HB1119).

VaNews January 10, 2020

Legislators propose ‘Justice Commission’

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

Two Democratic state legislators recommend changing the State Crime Commission into the “Virginia Justice Commission.” Legislation introduced by Sen. Scott Surovell, D-Mount Vernon, and Del. Patrick Hope, D-Arlington, would broaden the commission’s focus from solely crime and punishment to include diversion, rehabilitation, collateral consequences of convictions, firearm violence prevention, equity and fairness in the criminal legal system and prisoner re-entry.

VaNews December 18, 2019

Instant-runoff measure could be headed back to General Assembly in 2019

By SCOTT MCCAFFREY, Inside NOVA (Metered Paywall)

Could Arlington County Board elections in 2019 be held under a new type of voting scheme? That would be the case if legislation similar to that proposed in the 2018 General Assembly session again heads down to Richmond and makes it into law. Last year, Del. Patrick Hope (D-47th) patroned legislation that would have allowed to “instant-runoff” voting in Arlington County Board (and only Arlington County Board) races, both for primaries and general elections.

VaNews December 18, 2018

Del. Hope tapped for Va. substance-abuse panel

Inside NOVA (Metered Paywall)

Del. Patrick Hope has been selected by House Speaker Kirk Cox to serve on the Virginia Substance Abuse Services Council. Hope (D-47th) fills one of two House of Delegates slots on the 30-member body, which advises the executive and legislative branches on public and private efforts to control and address substance abuse in the Old Dominion.

VaNews September 10, 2018