Wednesday, April 17, 2013
The Virginia Senate Democratic leader spoke to the Springfield Civic Association on Tuesday night.
Virginia will be "screwed" if Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is elected governor this fall, said state Senate Democratic Leader Dick Saslaw (D-35th) after a community meeting in Springfield on Tuesday night. "I like Ken personally, but he doesn't believe in science," said Saslaw to the Springfield Civic Association. "He just doesn't." Saslaw referred to when Cuccinelli, in 2010, requested the emails and files of a former professor at the University of Virginia, who received state grants to study global warming. "For Ken there's no climate change," said Saslaw who represents the City of Falls Church. "We're looking at being screwed. How are you going to recruit top-notch talent? What Nobel Prize winner would come to this …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Falls Church Sen. Dick Saslaw voted for the budget, which included $3.4 million to add 1,700 in-state undergraduate seats at Virginia universities.
Tuesday, February 26
By Jessica Dahlberg, Capital News Service As the 2013 legislative session came to a close, the Virginia General Assembly approved amendments to the state’s two-year budget Saturday that included expanding Medicaid and spending more money on education. The amendments were passed by both the House (on an 83-17 vote) and the Senate (31-8) after tense discussions over Medicaid, which provides medical care for lower-income residents. Legislators agreed to expand the program if certain reforms are made. See vote tally below. The reforms will make Medicaid look similar to non-government health insurance policies, according to legislators. Under the reforms, Medicaid will provide long-term care for more Virginians and more waivers for families …
Monday, February 25, 2013
Sen. Dick Saslaw voted in favor of the transportation bill.
Monday, February 25
By Stephen Nielsen, Capital News Service A divided Virginia Senate on Saturday passed Gov. Bob McDonnell’s signature issue of the 2013 legislative session – a bill to overhaul the state’s system for funding transportation. Just hours before the session’s end, the Senate voted 25-15 for House Bill 2313, which will raise about $880 million a year more for roads and mass transit by increasing sales taxes while lowering the fuels tax. The debate over how to increase revenue continued right up to the vote. Falls Church Sen. Dick Saslaw (D-35th District) supported the legislation. “This isn’t any bill. This is the only bill,” said Senate Majority Leader Thomas Norment, R-Williamsburg. He said it’s the only way to provide the revenue Virginia’s …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Virginia senators say GOP redistricting plan is unconstitutional; Republican legislators say proposal helps the state better comply with the Voting Rights Act.
Thursday, January 24
By Mark Robinson, Capital News Service Virginia Democrats continued to call a Republican-backed plan to redistrict the state's senate seats unconstitutional on Wednesday -- but GOP leaders say the measure could actually help the Commonwealth better comply with the federal Voting Rights Act. After Republicans narrowly passed a bill Monday that included an amendment to redraw the lines of several state senate districts, the result of which in many cases was more seats with GOP-leaning voters, Democrats took to the Senate floor Tuesday to blast the measure, calling it unconstitutional. In remarks on the Senate floor on Monday, the bill's sponsor, Sen. John Watkins, R-Powhatan, said the move would create a sixth majority-African American …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
City Council presented their 2013 legislative program Monday to Senate and Congress representatives.
Sen. Dick Saslaw (D-35th District) wasn’t too optimistic about some of the items on the City of Falls Church’s 2013 legislative program. The senator, joined by Del. Jim Scott (D-53rd District), who represents the city in Richmond, answered council members' questions as best they could. On their priority list, city officials want the legislature to adopt an ordinance prohibiting people from carrying guns and other dangerous weapons in any city-owned and publicly leased property or facility. Currently, Virginia law only prohibits people from carrying guns into places of worship, courthouses and schools. Under the current state law, people can carry their guns into city-owned facilities, meeting halls and recreational facilities. “You’re not …