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Press Release: FAVOLA RECEIVES STRONG ENDORSEMENTS FROM ENVIROMENTAL GROUPS

For Immediate Release:  June 29, 2015

 

Arlington, VA – Senator Barbara Favola (D- Arlington) received endorsements and 100% ratings from both the Virginia Sierra Club and the Virginia League of Conservation Voters. Both organizations publish yearly scorecards that report the voting records of Virginia legislators on environmental legislation.

 

Previously, Sen. Favola received an “A” from the Virginia Sierra Club in 2014 and a 100% rating from the Virginia League of Conservation Voters every year since 2012, her first year in the General Assembly.  She also received the prestigious Energy Freedom Award from the Virginia Sierra Club in 2013.

 

Sen. Favola: “I am proud to receive endorsements from the Virginia League of Conservation Voters and the Virginia Sierra Club. I am committed to creating a cleaner and more eco-friendly Virginia. My work on legislation that reduces emissions, promotes responsible energy use, and protects natural- resources is making a difference in the Commonwealth.  We must address climate change at the local and state levels: that means electing public officials who recognize the importance of protecting our environment. ”

 

Senator Favola serves on the Governor’s Climate Change and Resiliency Update Commission.  Since her election in 2011, Senator Favola has successfully patroned two bills aimed at improving Virginia’s environmental policies.  These include a bill requiring utilities that use a declining block rate to justify doing so in their subsequent Integrated Resources Plan.  Another bill required a comprehensive study on water scarcity in the Commonwealth.  This legislation addressed the nexus between energy consumption and water usage.  In 2015 Senator Favola co-patroned a bill that would have allowed local authorities to prohibit disposable plastic bags; the legislation did not make it out of the House.

 

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Senator Barbara A. Favola represents Virginia’s 31st district, which includes parts of Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun Counties.

Fun Night in Arlington: Photos & Thank Yous

Thanks to all of you who made it to Jay Fisette and Bob Rosen's home tonight for a very special event. I greatly appreciate the interns and kitchen crew for their help and everyone who contributed. Here are a couple photos from the event, including "Team Favola" with Attorney General Mark Herring and Jay and myself with the Attorney General. Fun night! :)

 

Jay Fisette 1

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Press Release: SENATOR FAVOLA ADDRESSES THE IMPORTANCE OF PROVIDING FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO DISABLED ADULT CHILDREN

Richmond, VA – Senator Barbara Favola (D- Arlington) spoke at a signing ceremony for Conner’s Law, a bill that allows the court to order child support payments for adult children with severe disabilities. The child support remains contingent on certain eligibility factors, including the requirement that the child live in the home of the parent seeking support and be unable to live independently. Sen. Favola was chief co-patron of the bill.

 

Statement of Senator Favola: “I was proud to co-patron this important piece of legislation because it gives adult disabled children a better quality of life and provides a stronger support system for their families. I thank Governor McAuliffe for signing Conner’s Law and helping vulnerable populations obtain crucial benefits.”

 

Current Virginia law limits child support to children under eighteen, despite the fact that parents of disabled children often continue to support their adult children far beyond that age. Disabled individuals also face greater obstacles to obtaining employment and independent living. SB 923, patroned by Sen. Wexton (D-Leesburg), passed both the Virginia Senate and House unanimously.

 

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Senator Barbara A. Favola represents Virginia’s 31st district, which includes parts of Arlington and Fairfax Counties, and a portion of Loudoun County. For the 2015 session, Senator Favola served on the Local Government, Rehabilitation and Social Services, and Transportation Committees. 

Conner's Law to be Signed by Governor June 3rd

 I was proud to be the chief co-patron of a bill that ensures adult children with disabilities are eligible for child support payments. Special thanks to Sharon Cummings and the Autism Society of Northern Virginia for helping to make this happen. The Governor will sign this bill on June 3rd!

Conner Summers

Press Release: SENATOR FAVOLA ADDRESSES THE IMPORTANCE OF SEXUAL ASSAULT LEGISLATION AT BILL SIGNING

Richmond, VA – Today, Senator Favola (D-Arlington) spoke in favor of legislation addressing campus sexual assault at the Governor’s bill signing ceremony.  Governor McAuliffe signed three bills at the event.  Senator Favola helped craft the legislation as part of a bipartisan effort to reduce occurrences of sexual assault on college campuses, as well as strengthen protective measures for assault survivors. 

 

Sen. Favola: “Today the Governor is signing legislation that will make our campuses safer, protect survivors of sexual assault, and hold perpetrators responsible for their crimes. I was proud to work with Democrats, Republicans, advocates and college administrators to create a bill that works to accomplish these goals.  This bill achieves the important balance of maintaining the privacy of the victim while providing for a more robust investigation of sexual assault allegations. I applaud Governor McAuliffe for signing this important measure.”

 

The legislation signed by Governor McAuliffe creates a response system that requires colleges and universities to include campus safety staff as part of their threat assessment teams in the investigation of alleged sexual assaults on campuses. This action closes an important loophole in the campus response system. The bills also provide for enhanced services to the victim, including requirements to ensure that the victim can access needed support services.

 

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Senator Barbara A. Favola represents Virginia’s 31st district, which includes parts of Arlington and Fairfax Counties, and a portion of Loudoun County. For the 2015 session, Senator Favola served on the Local Government, Rehabilitation and Social Services, and Transportation Committees. 

Christian Dorsey, Peter Fallon win Straw Poll

Thank you to everyone that joined us yesterday for Senator Favola's campaign kick off- what a wonderful success! At the event we held a straw poll for the Arlington County Board Democratic Primary, in which Christian Dorsey received the most votes, and Peter Fallon the second most votes. Congratulations to Christian Dorsey and Peter Fallon! 

The Arlington County Democratic Primary will be held on June 9th for two open seats. The candidates are Christian Dorsey, Peter Fallon, Katie Cristol, James Lander, Andrew Schneider, and Bruce Wiljanen. Be sure to vote!

Press Release: SEN. FAVOLA AND GOV. MCAULIFFE DISCUSS ECONOMY IMPROVEMENT WITH BUSINESS LEADERS

  

Arlington, VA – Arlington business leaders joined Governor Terry McAuliffe and Senator Barbara Favola (D- Arlington) to discuss economic opportunities across the Commonwealth and in Northern Virginia at a breakfast event at Kapnos Taverna, a local Ballston business that recently opened in January. This was a kick off event for Senator Favola’s re-election campaign.

 

Senator Favola emphasized her legislative accomplishments and examples of public-private partnerships she has nurtured. “The business community can work hand in hand with government to create a high quality community. Arlington is a great example of this synergy. In the legislature, I’ve focused on the cornerstones necessary to enabling businesses to grow and thrive, such as improving K-12 education, increasing access to health care, and creating job training opportunities.”

 

Governor McAuliffe laid out his economic accomplishments in Virginia, including bringing more investments to the state than any other governor. Discussing his New Virginia Economy plan, he highlighted the path forward for economic development: “I want Virginia to continue its tradition of being business friendly, but also not intruding on people’s personal lives – a practice in line with the majority of Fortune 500 companies. We should support our veterans, continue working to increase investment, improve our vital transportation infrastructure, and invest in a diversified economy. ”

 

 

In this bi-partisan group, both Governor McAuliffe and Senator Favola responded to questions about development opportunities in Virginia, as well as queries about the upcoming election.

 

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Senator Barbara A. Favola represents Virginia’s 31st district, which includes parts of Arlington and Fairfax counties, and a portion of Loudoun County. For the 2015 session, Senator Favola served on the Local Government, Rehabilitation and Social Services, and Transportation Committees. 

 

Press Release: Sen. Favola Strongly Endorses AG Herring's Opinion on TRAP Regulations

 

 

Richmond, VA – Today, Attorney General Mark Herring announced that Virginia’s TRAP (Targeted Restrictions of Abortion Providers) regulations would not apply to existing clinics in the Commonwealth, but only to new clinics. Senator Barbara Favola (D-Arlington), issued the following statement:

 

“As the Senate Chair of the Women’s Reproductive Health Caucus, I have long fought against restrictions that inhibit a woman’s ability to obtain access to safe and legal reproductive health services, including access to abortions. I want to extend a big thank you to Attorney General Herring for his opinion that the TRAP regulations apply to new clinics only.  This opinion is in line with an earlier recommendation of the Board of Health: a recommendation that was offered prior to AG Cuccinelli threatening to not defend Board of Health members unless they changed their position.  

 

The medically unnecessary TRAP regulations created a prohibitive financial burden on existing clinics, leading to the closure of two clinics –one in Northern Virginia and the other in Hampton Roads.  These regulations deal with physical requirements such as the width of hallways and the number of parking spaces. Once clinics are built, it is nearly impossible to renovate or purchase additional land in a cost effective manner. 

 

 Women’s Clinics help thousands of women receive the health care and support they need- not just access to safe abortions, but breast and pelvic exams, cancer screenings, family planning services, and other forms of primary and preventive care.  The health of women in the Commonwealth has just improved because of the Attorney General’s actions. Let’s not forget, when Virginia women are healthier, Virginia’s families are healthier.”

 

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Senator Barbara A. Favola represents Virginia’s 31st district, which includes parts of Arlington and Fairfax counties, and a portion of Loudoun County. For the 2015 session, Senator Favola served on the Local Government, Rehabilitation and Social Services, and Transportation Committees. Senator Favola served on the Board of Health during Governor Kaine’s Administration 2007-2009.

Press Release: Sen. Favola Supports Governor On Ethics Amendments

For Immediate Release: Friday April 16th 2015

 

SEN. FAVOLA SUPPORTS GOVERNOR ON ETHICS: “AMENDMENTS GOOD FOR VIRGINIA”

 

Richmond, VA – Senator Barbara Favola (D-Arlington) enthusiastically supported Governor McAuliffe’s amendments to the omnibus ethics bill passed by the legislature in March. The legislation requires that all gifts $50 and above must be reported. The amendments seek to restrict gift limits to an accumulative $100 per donor per year. In contrast, the bill as it passed the legislature allowed for successive gifts of up to $100 without the total limit at $100 per year. Due to a technical error that made the $100 read like a lifetime cap on donating, the House and Senate clarified that the $100 limit applies per annum, then voted to uphold the Governor’s amendments. 

 

Senator Favola: “These amendments serve to strengthen our current system against potential corruption and help ensure that public servants are truly accountable to all the residents of Virginia. The bill is not perfect -additional steps need to be taken to strengthen the Ethics Council- but it is a good first step. This legislation will evolve over time as lawmakers and good government groups observe the implementation of this bill.”

 

The Senate passed the amendments to the ethics legislation unanimously, 37-0. The House companion bill HB 2070 also passed. The amendments will not take affect until January 2016.

 

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Senator Barbara A. Favola represents Virginia’s 31st district, which includes parts of Arlington and Fairfax counties, and a portion of Loudoun County. For the 2015 session, Senator Favola served on the Local Government, Rehabilitation and Social Services, and Transportation Committees.