Texting-while-driving was already against the law, but now police have a new tool that will enable them to hand out more citations.
Supporters of the revised Virginia law hope that steep fines will deter drivers from taking their eyes off the road to read and send text messages.
Lawmakers overcame privacy concerns about police peering into vehicles as the evidence piled up about the growing number of deadly accidents due to texting. Bill sponsor Delegate Rich Anderson says now the law has some teeth.
Now that the state’s new transportation package is in effect, a State Senator from Northern Virginia is vowing to repeal one controversial part – a fee for hybrid vehicles.
Adam Ebbin, a Democrat from Alexandria, says it’s illogical and unfair to tax hybrid technology – forcing owners to pay $64 a year.
“Y’know we have people who are paying more for their vehicles and paying higher personal property taxes to do the right thing for the environment, and they shouldn’t be taxed just for doing the right thing.”
After passage in the Senate by a wide margin, immigration reform now moves to the U-S House. Here's a snapshot of what Virginia lawmakers are saying about it.
A bipartisan group of eight senators crafted the comprehensive immigration bill the old-fashioned way: in a conference room with their sleeves rolled up. Not so in the House, where Republicans, like Virginia Congressman Randy Forbes, say the Senate's process isn't open enough.
Not everyone is giving an “A” to the idea of assigning letter grades to public schools in Virginia and if you’re interested in buying a Tesla off the showroom floor you’ll have to go out of state to do it. It’s illegal in the Commonwealth. Those stories have been among the most read over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org.
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Before Democrats, including Vice President Joe Biden, converge on Richmond this weekend for their Jefferson-Jackson dinner, another caucus will take place.
The members say that as the Latino presence expands in Virginia, it's imperative for them to be politically involved—especially as lawmakers make decisions specific to their communities with or without their input.