“Close The Window, Pull Down The Shade”

February 11, 2014 | 8 comments

Earlier today, the Virginia Senate voted to pass SB 617, a bill to repeal the 2012 ultrasound update to the abortion informed consent law. The version of the story you’ll probably hear is simply that the bill passed on … Read more>

Student Freedom Of Speech Bill Passes Senate!

January 23, 2014 | No comments

Tuesday afternoon, the Virginia Senate passed SB 236, legislation that will clarify the free speech and religious liberty protections of public school students. The bill, a high priority for The Family Foundation, passed by a vote of 20-18, … Read more>

The Pols Are Out And So Are Their Grades: American Conservative Union Releases Virginia General Assembly Scorecard

May 16, 2013 | 2 comments

The General Assembly wrapped up its 2013 business, officially, April 3, at the conclusion of the “Veto” session. Since then, a flurry of scorecards have been released by several organizations, including the Family Foundation’s late last week. Usually released … Read more>

This Just In: Democrat Controlled Senate Transportation Committee Kills Planned Parenthood License Plate Bill!

March 4, 2010 | No comments

Yesterday, the Democrat controlled Senate Finance Committee did something very unusual — they aimed their wrath on a Democrat House colleague, Delegate Ward Armstrong (D-10, Martinsville), and purposely killed his property rights bill. This afternoon, the Democrat controlled … Read more>

Homosexual Agenda Bills Pass Senate, Hit Roadblock In House Today

February 9, 2010 | 2 comments

The past 24 hours have been good for Virginia’s homosexual lobby, at least in the Virginia Senate, where two key legislative initiatives passed. But there also is positive news for values voters in the House of Delegates.

Yesterday, the Senate … Read more>

Not Everyone Appreciates Becoming A Star: Opponents Make Clear Opposition To Our Taping Committee Hearings

February 24, 2009 | 3 comments

This, our first-ever guest post, was written by Suzanne Nichols, our General Assembly intern:

Videotaping committees and subcommittees this General Assembly has met with an array of responses. Many representatives have personally thanked us and some even requested we tape their … Read more>

Update: Bill Of The Day SJR 303

February 20, 2009 | No comments

We’re pleased to announce our first Bill Of The Day, SJR 303, patroned by Senator John Watkins (R-10, Powhatan), which designates 2009 as the Year of Astronomy in Virginia in conjunction with the United Nations declaration of … Read more>

Regional Transportation Authorities: They’re Still Alive!

February 11, 2009 | No comments

Every year, a bill sneaks up on us and everybody else, that really takes the General Assembly by surprise. This year, perhaps more than others: There have been bills trying to expand the definition of blight (that we slowed down and … Read more>

Transparency: Good For The Private Sector, Not Good For State Government?

February 11, 2009 | 1 comment

A fellow blogger gave me these lines to use in committee testimony in favor of the spending transparency bills (SB 936 and HB 2285). Thus far, the way they have travelled the legislative ladder, testimony hasn’t been needed. For … Read more>

Choose Life Plates Amendment Vote: Analysis Of The Yeas And Neas

February 11, 2009 | No comments

Here’s how they voted on the Cuccinelli floor amendment, which added Choose Life license plates to SB 817, the sale proceeds of which will benefit pregnancy resource centers:

YEAS — Colgan, Cuccinelli, Hanger, Hurt, Martin, McDougle, Newman, Norment,

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