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Columns

  • Congressional intent cannot be ignored

    Listen carefully and you’ll hear the sound of bureaucrats scrambling to finalize a flood of new regulations before the end of the year. In fact, the White House chief of staff has promised that President Obama will “do audacious executive action” in his final year in office. This stream of costly, complex federal regulations has touched nearly every aspect of our lives, but regulations coming out of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have been some of the most egregious, and at times they’ve ignored the intent of laws enacted by Congress.

  • Gun rights and gun safety take center stage

    By Delegate Terry L. Austin

        I respectfully offer the following brief report on activities in the Virginia General Assembly during the week ending January 30, 2016.

  • Bill to allow judges to carry concealed handgun without permit passes Senate

    By Senator Steve Newman

        Every day this snowy week included legislative action, as both the House and Senate got down to business.  The process of reviewing, considering, and debating the 2,168 bills and over 500 resolutions filed by the 140 members of the General Assembly moved at a brisk pace.

  • Reforming COPN is one of the biggest issues of the 2016 session

    By Delegate Kathy Byron

        There was a lot of snow on the ground in Richmond this week, but there was not another snow day for the General Assembly.  Although the City of Richmond had great difficulty clearing its streets and sidewalks early in the week, Virginia’s legislature held sessions every day during the third week of its 2016 session.  Sunshine and warmer temperatures finally made Richmond’s streets passable by midweek.

  • No bake sales for the Pentagon

        My political radar always picks up signals when I hear or read conservative Republicans saying they intend to “uphold the Constitution.”
        I read the story here recently about Fifth District Republican congressional contender Jim McKelvey, who seems to believe that his appreciation for the U.S. Constitution makes him rare.
        He said, according to the story, that about 90 percent of those elected to Congress swear an oath to uphold our founding document, but don’t.

  • But it was good exercise

            It took me a few days to recover from my snow shovel exercise session.

  • House Republicans set pro-growth agenda

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Standing up for life

    Life – it’s a gift that with every new breath many of us take for granted. Life is a right that I am proud to stand in strong support of and one that must be protected. This fundamental human right to be born into the world is what thousands of Americans gather to honor each January on the National Mall in snow, rain, bitter cold, or sunshine. The date of the annual March for Life, January 22, is significant. It marks the anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court ruling in the infamous case of Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in the United States.

  • Governor’s budget unrelistic

    By Delegate Terry Austin

        It is with a combination of pride and humility that I joined my legislative colleagues for the opening of the General Assembly on January 13.  The pride comes from the distinct honor of representing the wonderful people of the 19th House District.  The humility comes from the daunting privilege of carrying on the tradition of representative government put into place nearly four centuries ago by the Virginia House of Burgesses – the predecessor to today’s General Assembly.

  • Certificate of need laws need reformed

        The first full week of the 2016 General Assembly session began with a holiday and ended with a snow day. Monday was Martin Luther King Day. The holiday is consistently one of the busiest of the session, bringing large groups to Richmond to meet legislators and promote their positions on issues.
        This week, the Senate approved House Bill 58, the emergency legislation I am