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‘Cooling off’ domestic violence bill passes Senate

By Tracy Moyer, Staunton News Leader

8:57 a.m. EST February 4, 2016

 

STAUNTON - Legislators are working to change laws specifically for victims of domestic violence as they pass two bills this week for those in “dangerous situations.”

 

State Senate Bill 323, prohibits individuals under emergency protective order from transporting or possessing a firearm for 72 hours following the issuance of the protective order.

 

Sen. Barbara Favola, D-Arlington, patroned the bill which passed the Senate 32 to 3 and now heads to the House of Delegates. Five senators abstained from voting on the bill.

 

“SB 323 provides an extremely important ‘cooling off’ period that reduces the likelihood that a dangerous situation will escalate with the use of a firearm,” Favola said after the bill passed the Senate. "Over 50 percent of women murdered with a firearm in 2011 were killed by intimate partners or family members.”

 

Favola said she is pleased her colleagues are acting on the “common sense measure” legislation that will help protect women and domestic violence victims.

 

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SENATE COMMERCE & LABOR COMMITTEE DEFEATS $15 MINIMUM WAGE BILL

Richmond, VA - The Senate Commerce and Labor Committee voted to pass by indefinitely SB 668, a bill that would have increased the minimum wage to $15.00 per hour over the course of two fiscal years. Virginia has not permitted an increase above the federally mandated minimum wage of $7.25 and has never adopted authority to index the wage to the cost of living schedule, even though 6.2% of Virginians are hourly workers compared to the national average of 4.3%. Nineteen states, including Washington D.C., have raised their minimum wage above the federal level of $7.25.

 

Senator Barbara Favola (D-Arlington), the bill’s patron: “Income inequality enables a cycle of poverty that traps many of Virginia’s families. If we want a robust economy, we must pay hourly workers more and increase their purchasing power. Raising the minimum wage to $15.00 is a necessary step in growing the Commonwealth’s economy.”

  

Senator Rosalyn Dance (D-Petersburg): "As a co-patron of SB 668, I am disappointed that the Senate, again, refused to raise Virginia's minimum wage. Last October, I had a chance to sit on a panel in Richmond where I listened to numerous testimonies regarding current wage disparities. Many of these Virginians had one shared goal in mind---being able to provide for their families."

 

A full time minimum wage worker in Virginia makes $15,080 each year, which would put a family of two below the poverty line. In Fairfax County, Virginia, the average monthly rent in 2010 for a single bedroom apartment was $1,216 or ($14,592 per year).  A tenant earning the minimum wage would have been left with only $488 to meet all of his or her yearly needs apart from rent. Raising the minimum wage to $15.00 an hour would produce a yearly income of $31,200. A 2014 Quinnipiac poll found 66% of Virginians support raising the minimum wage above the federal minimum.

 

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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 2016 session, Senator Favola serves on the Local Government, Rehabilitation and Social Services, and Transportation Committees. 


Favola bill on gun-store regulation nixed

Posted: Friday, January 29, 2016 12:00 pm

InsideNOVA

 

A proposal by state Sen. Barbara Favola (D-31st) to give localities the power to regulate the sale of firearms near schools died in the Senate Committee for Courts of Justice.

 

The 10-5 vote means the measure won’t get to the full Senate floor, let alone the House of Delegates, where it faced all but certain defeat.

 

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McAuliffe announces AvePoint Inc. expansion in Richmond, Arlington County

Published Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, 11:40 am

Augusta Free Press

Company to invest $1.5 million; create 155 new jobs

 

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Friday that AvePoint Inc., the established leader in enabling enterprise collaboration across platforms and devices, will invest $1.5 million to establish an operation in the City of Richmond, creating 100 new jobs. The company will also expand in Arlington County, creating 55 new jobs. Virginia successfully competed against Atlanta, Georgia for the project.

 

“Arlington is proud to welcome AvePoint to its growing technology sector,” said Senator Barbara Favola. “AvePoint’s decision to choose Arlington speaks to the diverse and innovative culture that Arlington has cultivated. I applaud Governor McAuliffe for his tireless efforts to bring more jobs to the Commonwealth and I look forward to working with the Governor to continue to grow and diversify our economy.”

 

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Va. Senate Committee Kills Gun Retailers Bill

By FCNP.com

 

The Virginia Senate Courts of Justice Committee voted kill a bill patroned by State Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington), that would allow localities to prevent firearm retailers from operating within 1,000 feet of a school’s property. Firearm retailers are allowed through an exception in federal law to operate within the 1,000 feet so-called “Gun Free Zone” surrounding schools. Localities do not have the authority in Virginia to deny a firearm retailer a use permit, even when the retail shop would be within 1,000 feet of a school.

 

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Press Release: CAMPUS SEXUAL ASSAULT BILL PASSES SENATE EDUCATION AND HEALTH COMMITTEE

Richmond, VA - The Senate Education and Health Committee voted unanimously to report SB 83, patroned by Senator Barbara Favola (D-Arlington). The bill requires that Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) between universities and law enforcement agencies must specify if the local law enforcement agency or campus safety unit has the primary responsibility for a potential felony sexual assault investigation. This bill also requires that the MOUs specify the procedures for sharing information during an investigation. An inclusive stakeholder group convened as part of Governor McAuliffe’s Task Force on Combating Campus Sexual Assault recommended the strategy contained in SB 83.


Senator Favola: “This legislation provides the next step in protecting our college campuses and holding violent perpetrators accountable. My bill builds on the robust conversation started last session in regards to sexual assault on college campuses, and it reduces the likelihood that communication problems between universities and law enforcement will hamper the efficacy of investigations. Clarity of roles is always important when investigating allegations of such serious offenses.”


Senator Favola helped craft omnibus legislation in 2015 that required the formation of a threat assessment team, including Title IX administrators and local law enforcement, as part of a campus response system to sexual assaults.


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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 2016 session, Senator Favola serves on the Local Government, Rehabilitation and Social Services, and Transportation Committees.

Press Release: FAVOLA COPATRONS SCHOOL BUS BILL THAT TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE REPORTS

Would Allow Localities to Mail Summons for Passing Stopped School Buses

 

January 20, 2016


Richmond, VA - Senator Barbara Favola (D-Arlington) patroned a bill that would allow localities with authorized video-monitoring systems on school buses to send summons through certified mail to violators who unlawfully passed a stopped school bus. Currently, the law requires summons to be delivered to alleged violators in person. The Senate Transportation Committee included Senator Favola’s bill and Senator Wexton’s bill (D-Leesburg) in SB 120, patroned by Senator Carrico (R-Grayson). Senator Carrico is Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee. The consolidated bill was reported out unanimously.

 

Senator Favola: “I applaud the Senate Transportation Committee for recognizing that localities need to be able to notify individuals by certified mail, since delivering summons in person represents an unnecessary use of taxpayers’ dollars and is not very effective in reaching the alleged violators. This is a step forward in making government more effective and efficient.”

 

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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 2016 session, Senator Favola serves on the Local Government, Rehabilitation and Social Services, and Transportation Committees.