Monday, February 11, 2013
Legislation in Virginia's House of Delegates could prevent teens under 15 from using indoor tanning salons and require those older to get parental permission.
Monday, February 11
By Allison Landry, Capital News Service Sen. Charles J. Colgan of Manassas and Manassas Park voted for a bill that, if passed, would no longer permit Virginians under age 15 to use indoor tanning salons. The Senate recently approved Senate Bill 1274, which would prohibit individuals 14 and younger “to use a tanning device at a tanning facility.” It would also require 15 to 17-year-olds to get parental or guardian consent before visiting a tanning parlor, with the exception of emancipated minors –teenagers who are legally adults because of a court order, marriage or military service. The bill could become law, pending the outcome of a House vote. It is waiting to be reviewed in the House Committee on Commerce and Labor. “The goal is to…
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Beginning in 2017, governors could have the chance to serve two consecutive terms.
By Shelby Mertens, Capital News Service Starting in 2017, Virginia voters could have the opportunity to re-elect the governor to a second consecutive term if the House joins the Senate in seeking to amend the state’s Constitution. The Senate this week approved a proposed constitutional amendment to allow governors to serve two terms in a row. The vote was 25-15. Veteran Senator Charles J. Colgan of Manassas and Manassas Park voted for the measure. The resolution now moves to the House of Delegates, where its fate is uncertain. “I’m not real optimistic about its chances, but I think it’s the right thing to do,” Sen. John Miller (D-Newport News) said. "We ought to give the voters the opportunity to decide whether a governor should keep his …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
An Arlington delegate's legislation, modeled after the federal DREAM Act, moved forward this week.
A bill that would allow certain undocumented students to receive in-state college tuition in Virginia cleared a key legislative hurdle Tuesday night and could see further this week. "This has been a very good day for this issue," state Del. Alfonso Lopez, D-Arlington, told Patch late Tuesday. "I'm overjoyed that it's gotten this far. But the fact is that we've got a lot of work to do still. And I'm going to continue working with Republicans and Democrats to hopefully bring this home." Lopez introduced legislation modeled after the federal DREAM Act. Lawmakers on Tuesday combined it with a similar bill put forth by Del. Tom Rust, a Herndon Republican and chairman of the House Higher Education Subcommittee, and recommended it to the full …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Yung's family was present at the capital as Del. Jackson Miller introduced a resolution in his honor.
The Virginia General Assembly this week passed a resolution honoring Prince William County Police Officer Chris Yung, who died in the line of duty on New Year's Eve. With Yung's family by his side at a ceremony Wednesday, Del. Jackson Miller (R-50th district), a former Prince William County police officer, spoke before the House of Delegates on Monday about Yung and the resolution. H.R. 123 (and S.J. 332) honors Yung's life and service to the Commonwealth. It is also patroned by another former Prince William officer, Sen. Bryce Reeves (R-17th district). "Your daddy was a hero," Miller told Christopher, Clayton and Paige, the officer's young children. Click here to read the full text of the resolution. According to authorites, Yung was …