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Virginia Politics Blog Archive: !General Assembly

Fairfax delegates urge Mc­Don­nell to veto PE bill

Four Fairfax County delegates are urging Gov. Bob Mc­Don­nell (R) to veto a bill mandating that elementary and middle schools devote 150 minutes to physical education each week.In a letter sent earlier this week, the four Republicans -- Dels. Dave Albo , Barbara Comstock, Tim Hugo and Tom Rust -- call the bill an "unfunded mandate" that would, according to Fairfax officials, cost the county $18 to $24 million and "crowd out other mandates and accountability requirements in academics.""In science and math, we need to be increasing our time on task, not decreasing it," they write. "This bill would have the opposite impact and set us back academically."...

By Rosalind S; Helderman  | March 8, 2011; 9:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  !General Assembly, General Assembly 2011, Robert F. McDonnell, Rosalind Helderman  
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Alexandria council member considers Va. Senate run

Rob Krupicka, an Alexandria City Council member, will run for the Virginia Senate if Sen. Patricia S. Ticer (D-Alexandria) decides to retire. "If Senator Ticer decides to retire, I plan to run for the 30th State Senate District and I'd like to ask for your help and support," Krupicka said in a blog post. He invited folks interested in being on a new "Team Krupicka" to his home later this month for an organizational meeting. "I believe greatly in this community and in the issues and work that Senator Ticer is committed to. I've never felt more strongly about the potential for Virginia to lead the nation in education, job creation, the environment and clean energy," Krupicka wrote. Ticer originally was elected to the 30th District in 1995. The district covers portions of Alexandria, Arlington and Fairfax counties....

By Christy Goodman  | January 10, 2011; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  !Elections, !General Assembly, Alexandria, Christy Goodman, State Senate  
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Va. commissioners want streamlined sales tax registration

Commissioners of Revenue in Virginia are advocating for local, one-stop shops for businesses to sign up for local and state taxes in order to better monitor collections. Ingrid Morroy, Arlington's revenue commissioner, said a recent audit of the past two and a half years recovered $4.5 million in local sales tax that was sent to neighboring jurisdictions in error. The county had collected $40,000 that belonged elsewhere, she said. "It is much more convenient for our businesses to do everything in one shop and we can make sure the revenue is credited to the right jurisdiction," Morroy said. The City of Fairfax conducted an audit four years ago that found they had incorrectly collected $2.5 million of Fairfax County's tax revenue, said William Page Johnson II, commissioner of revenue for the City of Fairfax. "We don't want to be surprised either way. We want to know what revenue we can...

By Christy Goodman  | December 9, 2010; 5:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  !General Assembly, Alexandria, Arlington County, Christy Goodman, General Assembly 2011  
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Rainy day fund constitutional amendment only barely passes

What message were voters trying to send on Tuesday? Here's an interesting and possibly illustrative tidbit. Voters approved three amendments to the state Constitution on Tuesday. Two won handily -- an amendment to allow localities to establish programs to give the elderly and disabled property tax relief without state approval (76 percent voted "yes") and an amendment providing full real estate tax relief to military veterans with 100 percent service-related disabilities (82 percent voted "yes"). But the third was something of a squeaker. Voters agreed to raise the amount the General Assembly can set aside in the state's rainy day fund during strong economic times. Only 51 percent of voters backed the amendment. In many, many counties, the amendment lost. What's to account for the difference?...

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | November 4, 2010; 3:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  !General Assembly, 2010 Virginia Congressional Races, Election 2010, Rosalind Helderman  
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Fairfax moves to ban smoking at bus shelters

Fairfax County officials are pushing to ban smoking at all public bus shelters, eight months after Virginia's restaurant-and-bar smoking ban went into effect. The ban would address the "health implications of breathing secondhand smoke," said Fairfax Supervisor Jeff C. McKay (D-Lee), the board's transportation committee chairman. Virginia's no-smoking law was approved by the General Assembly in February 2009 and went into effect last December. The District and Maryland have similar state laws regarding smoking in restaurants and bars. The Virginia Clean Air Act allows localities to institute "reasonable no-smoking areas" at publicly-owned or leased facilities and bus shelters qualify as buildings under Virginia's building code. The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously late Tuesday to draft an ordinance for final adoption. In December, Virginia joined the District, Maryland and dozens of other cities and states by effectively outlawing smoking inside restaurants and bars. Under the law, owners could allow smokers to...

By Derek Kravitz  | July 28, 2010; 12:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  !General Assembly, Derek Kravitz, Fairfax County, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors  
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Va. Senate panel kills House bill that would have repealed gun purchase limit

A specially formed Virginia Senate subcommittee voted to kill a bill that would have repealed the state's 17-year-old law banning the purchase of more than one gun a month.

By Fredrick Kunkle  | March 4, 2010; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  !General Assembly, Fredrick Kunkle, General Assembly, General Assembly 2010, House of Delegates, State Senate  
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Older Entries in This Category »

Criticizing Marshall, delegate cites disabled son, Fredrick Kunkle , February 23, 2010
Demonstrators urge lawmakers to 'save our schools', Anne Bartlett , February 22, 2010
Va. Senate votes to allow guns in restaurants, By Rosalind S. Helderman , February 16, 2010
Senate Democrats praise McDonnell's State of the Union honor, Rosalind S. Helderman , January 22, 2010
House kills Kaine's income tax increase proposal, Anita Kumar , January 21, 2010
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