Monthly Archives: February 2008

Breaking News: Supreme Court Knocks Down HB 3202

Today the other shoe dropped. The Virginia Supreme Court ruled today that the taxing authority given to the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority — the financial fulcrum of the 2007 Act — was unconstitutional.  The reason is simple:  an unelected regional body does … Continue reading

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Old Traditions Die Hard (But Die Anyway)

We’re finally at the end of the month of February and a long week in the General Assembly.  The actors have played their respective parts.  At this point, there are few open issues such as the Budget and “payday loans”, … Continue reading

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SB 510 Set to Pass, SB 447 Deferred

Two of my biggest issues in the ’07 campaign were student loan reform and energy efficiency in our state government.  Yesterday, the House Education Committee unanimously endorsed SB 510 patroned by me and Senator Donald McEachin (D-Henrico) which prohibits unfair practices such … Continue reading

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Legislators Lose in Annual Roundball Classic

Last night, a motley crew of Delegates and Senators tried to defend the honor of the General Assembly on the floor of VCU’s Siegel Center. In addition to myself, the ballers included Glenn Oder (R-Newport News), Ken Cuccinelli (R-Centreville), Emmett … Continue reading

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Homestead Exemption Killed

One of the more dramatic moments occurred today on the Senate floor when the constitutional amendment to create a Virginia “homestead exemption” was killed on a 21-19 vote.  All nineteen Republicans and two Democrats voted to kill the measure which … Continue reading

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