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Ebbin moves over to chair different Senate committee

State Sen. Adam Ebbin has been tapped to serve as chair of the Senate General Laws and Technology Committee. “I look forward to this new responsibility,” Ebbin said in a statement. “The General Laws committee entertains legislation crucial to many longstanding...

Veteran legislator looks back … and also to the future

When she began her run up the political ladder with a quest – initially unsuccessful – for local office, “being a woman didn’t really enter into my thinking.” After all, said Mary Margaret Whipple, women had comprised a healthy percentage...

Arlington legislators score high marks in Sierra Club ranking

Gomer Pyle could be excused for not being particularly sur-prise, sur-prise, sur-prised at how Arlington’s seven-member legislative delegation performed in the Sierra Club Virginia chapter’s recently released scorecard of votes taken during the 2022 General Assembly session. All seven scored...

Arlington GOP thinking ahead to state Senate races

Even as they work to determine their candidates for 2022 elections, Arlington Republicans are looking ahead to state Senate races in 2023. Matthew Hurtt, the local GOP’s communications chairman, recently sent out a missive reminding the rank-and-file that the Republican...

State Senate lauds longtime Arlington legislative liaison

Before leaving Richmond in mid-March, members of the state Senate paused to present an “attaboy” to Arlington’s longtime legislative liaison to the General Assembly. Patricia Carroll represented the county government in Richmond from 2006 to 2021. “With her proactive and...

Local legislators split on bill to restrain governor’s power

Five of Arlington’s seven-member General Assembly delegation voted in support of a measure that will limit the power of governors to act unilaterally for an indeterminate period in a crisis. Legislation sponsored by state Sen. David Suetterlein (R-Roanoke) on March...

Legislation takes adult children off hook of supporting parents

Who knew: For more than a century, the adult children of Virginians have had a legal obligation to support their parents in times of financial distress, and if they didn’t meet that obligation, could be subject to a fine...

Editor’s Notebook: Time is running out in Richmond

We're now past "crossover," where legislation from the Virginia House of Delegates has been sent to the state Senate and vice versa. With the two bodies in hands of opposite parties, expect a lot of killing of bills in coming...

Bills from Democratic senators now face Republican House of Delegates

Crossover arrived Feb. 15 at the Virginia General Assembly and local state Senators – all Democrats – have passed bills that now will head to the Republican-controlled House of Delegates for passage, deferral or doom. In addition to working on...

Police-auditor measure takes another step forward in Richmond

Its fate remains uncertain, but legislation to give the Arlington County Board authority to employ an independent police auditor will get an airing on the floor of the House of Delegates. The House Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns on...
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Cash from summer-reading program goes to Potomac Conservancy

Friends of the Arlington Public Library (FOAL) and Arlington Public Library recently presented a $5,498 check to the Potomac...
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