Thursday, January 31, 2013
Sen. Charles Colgan voted for a Virginia Senate bill that prohibits smoking in a vehicle when carrying kids aged 15 or younger.
By Paige Baxter, Capital News Service The Senate today passed a bill to prohibit smoking in a vehicle when a child under 15 is present. Senators voted 30-10 for the bill, which now goes to the House of Delegates for consideration. All Democrats — including Manassas Park and Manassas Sen. Charles J. Colgan— supported the bill, along with half of the Senate Republicans. Under Senate Bill 975, proposed by Sen. Ralph Northam (D-Virginia Beach and Norfolk), people who violate the proposed law would face a civil penalty of $100. On the floor of the Senate, Northam said the legislation was inspired by a third-grader who told Northam his parents smoke in the car with him. “It will protect our children and improve their health and in the end …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Manassas Park lawmakers upset over Virginia Senate's move toward redistricting.
Manassas Park City Council members expressed intense frustration this week over the Virginia Senate’s move to realign several of the state's districts—a move that severs the small locale from neighboring Manassas and most of Prince William County. The Senate bill, which squeezed through with a 20-19 vote Monday, takes Manassas Park out of the 29th Senate District represented by longtime Senator Charles J. Colgan and puts it in the 13th District. The move takes Manassas Park away from Manassas and the bulk of Prince William County and places it with Loudoun County—an area the city has nothing in common with, Manassas Park Mayor Frank Jones said at Tuesday’s city council meeting. “Essentially, Manassas Park is a stand alone,” Jones said. “We…
Friday, April 20, 2012
Democrat Colgan changes his vote, and two-year, $85-billion budget is approved
Manassas Park's senator changed his mind and voted for the budget Wednesday afternoon, enabling the two-year, $85-billion budget to pass 21-19. Sen. Charles J. Colgan (D-Prince William, Manassas Park, Manassas) told The Washington Post he had a change of heart on the plan he had coted voted against on Tuesday. While Colgan and other Senate Democrats had been pushing Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) for $300 million to extend Metrorail to Dulles International Airport, Colgan said the governor had not come through with funding, The Post reported. Colgan said he had simply come to the conclusion that the need to pass a state budget outweighed the need to secure funding for the project. Virginia had been preparing for a potential shutdown in May …
Friday, February 10, 2012
Veteran Sen. Charles Colgan, a Democrat, joins Republicans in voting in a favor of a bill that allows private adoption agencies receiving state funding to bar gay couples from adopting children.