Virginia Senate Republican Caucus

Senate Republicans in the News - Feb 25 - March 1, 2011

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The following are articles from newspapers, blogs, and other news sources throughout the Commonwealth and the country featuring members of the Virginia Senate Republican Caucus.

  • Multiple Senators
    • State Resolution Strengthens Property Owners' RightsWilliamsburg Yorktown Daily - This land is my land — not your land.
    • Parties clash over abortion measure's motivesThe Roanoke Times - Abortion foes scored a major victory Thursday when Senate Republicans, along with a pair of defecting Democrats, passed an amended bill that calls for new regulation of clinics where first-trimester abortions are performed.
    • Assembly conferees agree on broad budget outlineThe Times-Dispatch - General Assembly budget conferees have agreed to require state employees to pay 5 percent into the Virginia Retirement System, and to reimburse them for the entire amount with 5 percent pay raises.
    • Budget negotiations continue in Richmond. Overtime likely for the General - It now appears likely the General Assembly session will head into overtime.
      House and Senate negotiators say they are making progress on the state budget, but have not completed an agreement.
    • Virginia passes tougher abortion - Clinics that provide five or more abortions in a month will be regulated like hospitals under an amendment that narrowly passed the Senate, normally the bulwark against abortion restrictions.
    • Virginia lawmakers reflect on legislative sessionThe Washington Post - Now that the General Assembly's annual legislative meeting has adjourned, the budget revisions have been agreed to and all of the many props have been put away -- or eaten -- here are a few (mostly) unedited reflections from lawmakers interviewed about the 47-day session that took up 2,692 bills and passed 1,599 of them.
  • Senator Harry Blevins
    • School systems sweat over PE requirementsRichmond Times-Dispatch - Hopping on pogo sticks, climbing walls and jumping rope, a class of 20 fifth-grade students at Cumberland Elementary School rotated fluidly through activity stations one recent morning under the watchful eye of Glenda Grubbs.
  • Senator Emmett Hanger
  • Senator Ryan McDougle
    • Lets Get Virginia Moving AgainVirginia Right - As a citizen, homeowner and business owner in Hanover County, I noted with great interest Governor Bob McDonnell’s proposal of the Omnibus Transportation Funding Bill in the Senate and House of Delegates this session. 
    • ANALYSIS: Redistricting, looming election drove 2011 - Three days before the adjournment of the 2011 General Assembly, five delegates — two Democrats and three Republicans — horsed around in the members-only lounge at the back of the House chamber.
    • Legislation advances to further regulate abortion clinicsMedical Society of Virginia - The House of Delegates and Senate have both passed a bill that contains language instructing the Board of Health to promulgate rules to regulate facilities in which five or more first trimester abortions per month are performed.
  • Senator Steve Newman
    • What the State Budget Means for - It was a busy weekend in Richmond but the House and Senate were able to hammer out the state's budget. $30 million will go toward a trust fund to transition the developmentally disabled out of centers such as the Central Virginia Training Center in Amherst County, and into community based programs.
    • Weakened bill OK'd on training-center dischargesThe News & Advance - The General Assembly approved a bill Saturday that dealt with discharging people from state training centers, but it ended up as what Sen. Steve Newman, R-Lynchburg, called a “hollow bill.”
  • Senator Tommy Norment
    • EDITORIAL: Revisit rules on utility earningsThe Virginian-Pilot - When an independent study panel recommended changes to state electric utility regulations this winter, Dominion Virginia Power and Appalachian Power Co. pointed out an error in the report regarding the latter's residential rate increases.
    • Williamsburg 'Stars' Get Ready to Dance­­ – Williamsburg Yorktown Daily - By day, they work as school counselors, firemen, bank employees and editors. But on the night of March 5, 11 Williamsburg area residents will pour on the glitter and sequins to be transformed into ballroom-dancing superstars.
    • Norment's 'hands-free' cell phone bill failsThe Daily Press - Legislation recently in the General Assembly would have sharply changed Virginia's law on using a cell phone while driving.
  • Senator Mark Obenshain
    • Sexual predator bill passes - A bill sponsored by Del. Clifford L. "Clay" Athey Jr. that makes it tougher for sexually violent predators to be released back into society passed in both the House and Senate of the General Assembly.
    • Legislation Cracking Down on Sweepstakes Stores Heading to - On Thursday, large bipartisan majorities in the General Assembly passed legislation offered by Sens. Mark D. Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg) and Roscoe Reynolds (D-Martinsville), designed to crack down on gambling operators who have attempted to exploit a perceived loophole in Virginia's gambling laws.
  • Senator Walter Stosch
    • Scholarships could help high school students SOARThe Virginia Gazette - High school students who demonstrate good grades and good conduct can receive college scholarships under a new program unveiled by the Virginia 529 College Savings Plan.
    • The Hunt for Waste, Fraud and AbuseThomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy - Perhaps nothing draws the ire of taxpayers more than tales of waste, fraud and abuse in government.  
  • Senator Richard Stuart
    • Assembly OKs bill to cut Bay pollution   -- - The ingredients of your home lawn fertilizer will be changing soon to help reduce pollution in the Chesapeake Bay, under bills passed by the General Assembly.
    • Silver Cos. pushes bill to aid commercial real estate - Members of the Fredericksburg-area commercial real estate development community worked this year to get a bill passed by the Virginia General Assembly that would review why banks are calling loans on property owners who are making their monthly payments.
  • Senator Jill Vogel
    • Virginia tightens abortion lawsThe Southwest Times - One of Pulaski County’s Democrat senators joined Republicans Thursday to help pass legislation that some say could result in the closing of many of Virginia’s 21 abortion clinics.
    • Va. bill likely to close abortion - Virginia took a big step yesterday toward eliminating most of the state’s 21 abortion clinics, approving a bill making rules so strict the medical centers would likely be forced to close, Democrats and abortion-rights supporters said.
  • Senator William Wampler, Jr.
    • LEGISTATIVE OPPORTUNITY FOR BLUE RIDGE STUDENTSJob Corps News - Blue Ridge Job Corps Center Advanced Career Training students, Safoorah Mughal and Rebecca Smith, were recently selected by Virginia Highlands Community College President, Dr. Ron Proffitt, to represent Virginia Highlands Community College during a legislative visit to Richmond, VA.
  • Senator John Watkins