State Sen. Adam Ebbin’s proposal to create an Office of Immigrant Assistance within the Virginia state government has failed to clear a state Senate committee.
The Senate Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services voted 8-7 to kill the measure by Ebbin (D-30th). Similar measures by Ebbin in 2016 and 2017, plus longstanding efforts by former Del. Scott Lingamfelter (R-Prince William), to create such an office have never made it into law.
By a 5-4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court made same-sex marriage the law of the land in 2015.
So a Virginia panel that reviews outdated language in state law unanimously recommended that the Virginia General Assembly strip obsolete language banning gay marriage.
Republicans on a Senate committee Monday killed a bill that would decriminalize small amounts of marijuana by changing the punishment from a criminal misdemeanor to a civil penalty.
The Virginia ACLU and a representative of the Northam administration both backed Senate Bill 111 from Sen. Adam Ebbin, D-Alexandria, and the bill was opposed by the Virginia Association of Commonwealth’s Attorneys.
This year’s General Assembly will be like no other. For starters, members walking the halls of the Capitol will not look different. The crop of freshman includes the first transgender woman to serve in the Virginia General Assembly, the first lesbian, the first Asian-American woman and the first two Latinas.
State Sen. Adam Ebbin will be among those in Richmond who will be seeking to give Virginia’s governors the chance to succeed themselves.
Ebbin (D-31st) has introduced legislation to amend Virginia’s 1971 state constitution allowing governors elected in 2021 and thereafter to succeed themselves.
The horrific events in Charlottesville this month have given new urgency to the important discussion of public monuments to the Confederacy.
Virginians must address the impact that lionizing the Confederacy has had on the character and laws of our commonwealth. We must do so with an honest understanding of the history of oppression of Virginians of color — and what symbols of that history still mean today.
George Washington is recognized as the father of our country, but with a bill signed into law by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Washington also will be recognized under another title – distiller of Virginia’s official liquor.
SB 1261, sponsored by Sen. Adam Ebbin of Alexandria, adds a “state spirit” to the list of the commonwealth’s official emblems and designations and crowns George Washington’s rye whiskey with the title.
His own legislation didn’t make it to the finish line, but state Sen. Adam Ebbin says the state government will still commemorate the 100th anniversary of women’s gaining the right to vote.
Ebbin (D-30th) had patroned legislation this session establishing a commission to honor the centennial and plan for statewide events in 2020. The measure ... got hung up in the Committee on Finance ... But never fear, Ebbin said: A companion bill sponsored by Del. Kathy Byron (R-Forest) passed both houses and is awaiting the governor’s signature.
The rye whiskey developed by George Washington at Mount Vernon in the late 1700s will be designated Virginia’s official “state spirit” under legislation patroned by state Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-30th) and passed by both houses of the legislature.
The measure, which now awaits a decision by Gov. McAuliffe, would add the whiskey to Virginia’s long list of official emblems and designations, joining the likes of milk (state beverage),
Legislation amending current rules on the loss of drivers’ licenses for those involved with marijuana possession has passed the state Senate and moved to the House of Delegates.
The bill, patroned by Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-30th), removes the automatic six-month suspension of a driver’s license for adults who are placed on “deferred disposition” on charges of simple possession of marijuana.
It passed the Senate, 38-2.