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Henrico lawmaker, father benefit from film tax credit

By ALAN SUDERMAN, Associated Press

State records show one of Virginia's richest state lawmakers and his politically connected father made a Civil War-themed movie last year that received $1 million in tax credits and grants. Henrico County Republican Del. Peter Farrell was an investor, co-producer and played a Union Army officer in "Field of Lost Shoes," an independent movie that focuses on the role of cadets at the Virginia Military Institute in a Civil War battle in the Shenandoah Valley.

VaNews November 17, 2014


First bills for 2015 Assembly session emerge

By DAVE RESS, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 1 article a month)

In addition to House Majority Leader Kirk Cox's proposal to speed up funding -- at least the state share of funding -- for veterans care centers in Hampton and Northern Virginia (you can read about it here), other initiatives for the 2015 legislative session emerged today. Del. Peter Farrell, R-Henrico, has proposed a bill that prohibits law enforcement from searching cellphones and other digital devices without obtaining a search warrant.

VaNews July 22, 2014


Peninsula lawn-mowing style could go statewide

By DAVE RESS, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 1 article a month)

Here on the Peninsula, we seem to have led the way when it comes to mowing the lawn. Now, Del. Peter Farrell, R-Henrico, is proposing the rest of the state follow suit. His bill would make current grass-cutting provisions applicable statewide.

VaNews December 31, 2013


General Assembly passes bill requiring insurance companies to notify of earthquake coverage

By ANITA KUMAR, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

The House of Delegates unanimously passed a bill Monday morning that requires insurance companies that exclude coverage for earthquake damage to provide written notice of that and notify property owners that the insurance may be available for additional cost.

VaNews February 14, 2012


State, private campsites at odds in legislature

By CHELYEN DAVIS, Free Lance-Star (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

State park campgrounds would have to raise their fees and limit their offerings under a bill in the General Assembly. The bill requires state parks to avoid competing with private-sector campgrounds, by setting their camping fees at or above the mean fee charged by local private campgrounds. It also would bar state parks from expanding new camp areas unless they could show nearby private campgrounds weren't providing enough camping areas.

VaNews February 1, 2012


Assembly's First Day has GOP in Control

By CHELYEN DAVIS, Free Lance-Star (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

In Del. Mark Dudenhefer's office, his aide slotted newly arrived business cards into a holder. Del. Margaret Ransone of Kinsale had an office crowded with family and friends, and the corridor outside Sen. Bryce Reeves' office was filled with dozens of supporters having a pre-session reception.

VaNews January 12, 2012


Virginia GOP to test strength

By CHELYEN DAVIS, Free Lance-Star (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

State lawmakers will return to Richmond on Wednesday to start the 60-day 2012 legislative session. Between now and mid-March, the General Assembly will write a new two-year budget, tackle reforms to the Virginia Retirement System and K-12 education, and address issues ranging from uranium mining to gun rights, abortion to tax preferences to election laws. So far, only about 250 bills and resolutions are showing up on the legislature's website, but that number will swell--in the last long session, in 2010, nearly 3,000 bills and resolutions were filed.

VaNews January 9, 2012


From VPAP Seniority starts with the luck of the draw

The Virginia Public Access Project

Seniority takes years to achieve in the General Assembly – but it all starts with the luck of the draw. Earlier this week, incoming freshmen delegates drew straws to determine seniority within their 15-member class. Peter Farrell – a Republican from Henrico – won the draw and will enter the House of Delegates ranked 85th out of 100 in seniority. Nick Rush –a Republican from Southwest Virginia – was not so lucky. Rush will enter as #100. (See complete list below)

VaNews December 7, 2011


New lawmakers get seniority rankings

By CHELYEN DAVIS, Free Lance-Star (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Most voters probably couldn’t care less where their state legislators rank on the seniority scale. After all, it makes little difference outside the General Assembly, at least until a lawmaker has been around so long that seniority helps confer committee chairmanships or other powerful roles. But the seniority ranking a new legislator starts out with can impact their attainment of those power positions later in their careers.

VaNews December 7, 2011


Reeves, Dudenhefer, other new legislators back Allen

By CHELYEN DAVIS, Free Lance-Star (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Republican U.S. Senate candidate George Allen today announced he has the support of several newly-elected state lawmakers. They include Bryce Reeves, who won the 17th state Senate seat; Mark Dudenhefer, who won the 2nd House seat; Peter Farrell, who won the 56th House seat (which now includes part of Spotsylvania County); and Michael Webert, winner of the 18th House seat (which includes a sliver of Culpeper County).

VaNews November 29, 2011