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08 May 2012

Virginia Ignores Marijuana Reform Proposals

Virginia treats marijuana possession more harshly than many other states, handing down years-long prison sentences to people arrested with small amounts of the substance. Neighboring states have decriminalized marijuana or approved it for medicinal uses, but Virginia legislators this year hardly gave serious consideration to such ideas.

22 Apr 2012

EpiPen Law May Save Kids with Allergies

To save children from potentially fatal reactions to food allergies, Virginia last week adopted a law requiring schools to carry epinephrine auto-injectors, such as EpiPens.

25 Feb 2012

Panel Blocks Bill to Ask Legal Status of Arrestees

Prince William County officials are upset that a Senate committee has defeated Delegate Richard Anderson’s bill requiring police to ask arrestees whether they are legal U.S. residents. House Bill 1060, which had passed the House earlier in February, failed on a 7-7 vote last week in the Senate Courts of Justice Committee.

23 Feb 2012

Democrats, Republicans Battle Over Voter ID Bills

Democrats hope the U.S. Justice Department will intervene if the Republican-controlled General Assembly passes laws imposing more stringent identification requirements on Virginia voters. Two measures moving through the General Assembly – House Bill 9 and Senate Bill 1 – would prohibit prospective voters from casting official ballots if they can’t show proper identification. Republicans say the bills would help prevent fraud at the polls, but Democrats say the legislation would discourage elderly, minority and low-income people from voting.

08 Feb 2012

General Assembly Honors Late Dumfries Mayor

Fred Elvin Yohey Jr. was a dedicated public servant to the town of Dumfries. He was on the town council from 1996 until 2004 and then served as mayor from 2006 until his death on Nov. 6. For his public service, the General Assembly recently passed a resolution to honor Yohey’s memory.

06 Feb 2012

After Spat, Senate Will Consider New Judges Later

Former legislators C.L. “Clay” Athey and Clarence “Bud” Phillips will have to wait a bit before they are appointed as judges in Virginia. That’s because Democrats in the Senate recently rejected Republicans’ plan to name Athey and Phillips as new circuit court judges while reappointing 47 incumbent judges.

01 Feb 2012

Hundreds Protest Stricter Voter ID Laws

Several hundred citizens joined Democratic officials and civil rights leaders at the Capitol on Tuesday to rally against bills they say would suppress the voting rights of minorities, elderly people and low-income Virginians.

21 Jan 2012

Delegate Opposes ‘Loyalty Oath,’ Supports Party Registration

Delegate Richard Anderson of Woodbridge is glad fellow Republican officials have abandoned a proposed requirement that voters sign a “loyalty oath” before casting ballots in the party’s March 6 presidential primary election.

18 Jan 2012

Legislators Offer Outlook on 2012 Session

Legislators from communities in Prince William County and along the Potomac and Rappahannock rivers will play key roles in determining how the General Assembly crafts a state budget and addresses transportation and other issues during its 2012 session.

15 Jan 2012

Phone App Connects Commuting Riders with Drivers

Thanks to a new phone app, it soon will be easier for commuters to share rides to military worksites in Northern Virginia. The app, called Avego Driver, will begin its pilot program in Northern Virginia around June. It will be available to government contractors and military employees offering or seeking rides to and from Fort Belvoir, Quantico Marine Corps Base and Alexandria’s Mark Center. Those three sites are known as Base Realignment and Closure, or BRAC, locations.

13 Jan 2012

Virginia Officials Hopeful about High-Speed Rail

Advocates of a high-speed rail system through Virginia and North Carolina will seek federal funding this year and hope to begin service around the year 2030. “We are going to go to Washington sometime in the summer or fall to meet with congressional representatives to talk about federal funding for rail transportation with an emphasis on high-speed rail,” said state Delegate Richard Anderson, R-Woodbridge.

13 Jan 2012

Torian Seeks to Bring Metrorail to Prince William

Since he was elected to the Virginia House, Delegate Luke Torian, D-Dumfries, has been pushing to bring Metrorail service to Prince William County. For the third consecutive year, he is sponsoring a bill to create the Prince William County Metrorail Improvement District to extend commuter rail service from Fairfax County into Prince William.

11 Jan 2012

Dudenhefer Takes Office as 2nd District Delegate

When Mark L. Dudenhefer finally arrived at the state Capitol, he knew he was no longer just a member of the Stafford County Board of Supervisors. He was here to make a difference. He was here to accomplish his goals. He was here to be the freshman delegate representing the 2nd House District, which includes parts of Prince William and Stafford counties.