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Virginia Politics Blog Archive: 2010 legislative session

Fairfax officials outline deep cuts under state budget

As local governments continue to pore over the General Assembly's new budget to assess the impact for the next two years, the early reviews were mixed, at least in Fairfax County. Fairfax schools superintendent Jack Dale told county supervisors Tuesday that despite a decision to unfreeze a key school-funding formula that would have cost the county even more, Virginia's largest school district will still have to cut back almost across the board. And he expressed concern that the cuts spelled out by the budget are likely to far outlast the two-year budget cycle. "These are permanent," Dale said. "Nothing's coming back in two years."...

By Fredrick Kunkle  |  March 16, 2010; 5:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  2010 legislative session , Fairfax County , Fairfax County Board of Supervisors , Fredrick Kunkle  
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Filler-Corn sworn in as delegate, one day after narrow win in Fairfax

Democrat Eileen Filler-Corn was sworn as a delegate Wednesday, a day after squeaking by with less than half a percent margin in a special election in central Fairfax County. Led by fellow Fairfax County Democrats to the ceremonial mace below the speaker's podium, Filler-Corn, 45, recited the oath of office six minutes after the daily session began. Filler-Corn, who is a lobbyist, defeated Republican lobbyist Kerry D. Bolognese by 37 votes out of more than 11,000 cast in a race with an unusually high turnout for a special election. Filler-Corn received 5,758 votes to Bolognese's 5,721. She fills the seat vacated by Sen. David W. Marsden (D-Fairfax), who won a special election in mid-January against a Republican former School Board member. --Fredrick Kunkle...

By Fredrick Kunkle  |  March 3, 2010; 12:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  !General Assembly , 2010 legislative session , Fairfax County , Fredrick Kunkle , General Assembly 2010 , House of Delegates  
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Senate special panel likely to kill House bills expanding gun rights

A newly appointed Virginia Senate special subcommittee seems likely to kill a number of bills expanding gun rights that have passed the House of Delegates, including a proposal to repeal the state law limiting handgun purchases to one a month.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  March 1, 2010; 12:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  !General Assembly , 2010 legislative session , General Assembly 2010 , House of Delegates , Rosalind Helderman , State Senate  
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Demonstrators urge lawmakers to 'save our schools'

A crowd of more than 100 demonstrators gathered Sunday on the street outside the General Assembly Building in Richmond, chanting "Save Our Schools!"

By Anne Bartlett  |  February 22, 2010; 11:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  !General Assembly , 2010 legislative session , Fredrick Kunkle , General Assembly , General Assembly 2010  
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Virginia legislators offer competing proposals to close $4 billion shortfall

Lawmakers in the House and Senate offered competing two-year spending plans today, setting the stage for a series of partisan clashes during the final three weeks of the legislative session as they try to offset a $4 billion shortfall. The budgets approved by both chamber's committees include deep cuts to core services including education, health services and public safety. Both agreed to save more than than half a billion dollars over the next two years by reducing payments to the state's pension plans for state and local employees and to oppose a freeze in the adjustment to the school-funding formula that would have cost cash-strapped schools in Northern Virginia nearly $140 million. The Senate Finance Committee agreed to raise fees to avoid cutting so much from public education, cutting $487 million less in education funding over the over two years than the House Appropriations Committee. House members sided against raising...

By Anita Kumar  |  February 21, 2010; 7:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2010 legislative session , Anita Kumar , Fredrick Kunkle , General Assembly , General Assembly 2010 , House of Delegates , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman , State Senate  
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Va. Senate votes to allow guns in restaurants

The Democratically-controlled Virginia Senate has voted to allow concealed weapons permit holders to carry guns in restaurants that serve alcohol, as long as the person carrying the weapon does not drink. The gun bill passed on a 22 to 18 vote, after senators had a vigorous debate about whether or not people might have a reasonable reason to carry guns in restaurants. The House has passed a similar bill; Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) has expressed support for the measure, and is expected to sign it into law. Both chambers also passed it last year, but Gov. Tim Kaine (D) vetoed it. Sen. Emmett Hanger (R), who sponsored the measure, said he was doing so on behalf of those who now violate the law that prohibits guns in such establishments rather than leave their weapons in their cars when they go out to eat. He said this was a particular issue...

By By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  February 16, 2010; 1:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (369)
Categories:  !General Assembly , 2010 legislative session , General Assembly 2010 , Rosalind Helderman , State Senate  
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House panel approves repeal of gun-a-month law, Anita Kumar , February 12, 2010
Bill to end radar detector ban advances, Washington Post Editors , February 4, 2010
 
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