Virginia Senate Republican Caucus

Senate Republicans in the News - February 4-7, 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
  • Senator Emmett Hanger
  • Senator Ryan McDougle
    • McDonnell's liquor sales proposal killed by lawmakersThe Washington Examiner - Gov. Bob McDonnell’s plans to privatize liquor sales in Virginia was effectively killed in the General Assembly Friday when a Senate committee refused to take up the proposal.
    • McDougle's privatization revival effort failsRichmond Times-Dispatch - Sen. Ryan T. McDougle, R-Hanover, tried to jump-start Gov. Bob McDonnell's stalled ABC privatization plans Friday morning in the Senate Rehabilitation and Social Services Committee but was halted by the chairwoman.
    • Virginia bicyclists buoyed by bill’s bigger, better bufferLoudoun Times - Richmond - Virginia motorists would have to give bicyclists a little more room on the road under a bill approved unanimously by the Senate Transportation Committee.
  • Senator Jeff McWaters
    • Senate Committee Kills Roads Funding BillVienna Patch - The Senate Finance Committee has killed a bill that would have allocated a portion of sales tax revenue to fund transportation projects in Virginia’s most congested areas.
  • Senator Tommy Norment
    • Students lobby for the future of the CollegeThe Virginia Informer - Richmond’s General Assembly building was overrun last Wednesday by a bevy of William and Mary students lobbying for the future of the College.
    • Virginia Approves Higher Ed Funding - The Virginia General Assembly has advanced a package of higher-education overhaul legislation, which is aimed at fueling economic growth and preparing Virginia residents for high-demand jobs.
  • Senator Mark Obenshain
    • Liquor store bill - It looks like Gov. Bob McDonnell's liquor store privatization bill is dead for the legislative session, scuttled not by nay votes but by legislators' lack of interest in giving it a hearing.
    • Push to privatize Virginia liquor sales dies in - A Virginia Senate committee on Friday refused to take up two bills co-patroned by Sen. Mark Obenshain to end the state's monopoly on liquor sales, effectively killing the proposal for the remainder of the session.
    • General Assembly notebook: Senate panel OKs slate of specialty platesThe Roanoke Times - The Senate Transportation Committee on Thursday approved several bills that would establish new types of specialty license plates, include one memorializing victims of the Virginia Tech shootings and another with a faith-based theme.
  • Senator Ralph Smith
    • Virginia Panel Kills Pro-Life Bills As Videos Draw - As videos featuring four different Planned Parenthood centers engaged in assisting alleged sexual traffickers in getting abortions for underage girls, the Virginia legislature has killed a package of pro-life bills designed to protect women and unborn children.
  • Senator Bill Stanley
    • Bill to bring business to county moves forward in state SenateFranklin News Post - A bill by State Sen. Bill Stanley (R-Franklin County) would help provide financial incentives to businesses and industries that locate in Franklin County and other localities in the 19th Senate District.
    • Swicegood commended by General AssemblyFranklin News Post - Del.Charles Poindexter and State Sen. Bill Stanley have introduced a resolution in the General Assembly commending Jack Swicegood, who has been inducted into the Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads Hall of Fame.
  • Senator Jill Vogel
  • Senator Frank Wagner
    • Feds aim to spur wind energy industry off Va. CoastThe Virginian-Pilot - Senior Obama administration officials will be in Norfolk on Monday to announce a coordinated effort by several federal agencies to more quickly develop wind energy off Virginia's coast by streamlining regulations and timetables, according to a source familiar with the announcement.
    • Bill would make it cheaper to buy subaqueous landThe Virginian-Pilot - A change in how the state values certain waterfront property could benefit one of the city's largest real-estate taxpayers but could complicate city beach replenishment projects.
  • Senator William Wampler, Jr.
    • Senate panel backs borrowing for roadsRichmond Times-Dispatch - Gov. Bob McDonnell's bid to generate money for Virginia's traffic-clogged road system hit a guardrail Tuesday but kept moving forward on the road to approval by the state Senate.
    • Virginia Commercial Spaceflight Bill Approved by Senate CommitteeParabolic Arc - Jack Kennedy reports that a bill that direct tax revenues from Virginia companies engaged in commercial human spaceflights or commercial spaceflight training to the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority has been reported out of the Senate Finance Committee.
  • Senator John Watkins
    • Proposals spare state employees from retirement contributionsRichmond Times-Dispatch - House and Senate money committees Sunday unanimously approved their respective budget plans for 2011-2012, differing in education funding but effectively sparing state employees from having to contribute to their retirement plans.