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Local Autism Group Honors Lawmakers

 

Leesburg, VA - The Autism Society of Northern Virginia (ASNV) honored state Senators Barbara Favola (D-31) and Jennifer Wexton (D-33) with its annual Community Builder of the Year Award for co-sponsoring Conner's Law, legislation recently passed that requires continued support of severely disabled and special needs children over 18.  Shown here are Senators Wexton and Favola with their awards flanking the legislation’s namesake Conner Cummings, along with (left-right) ASNV president Barbara Wagner, executive director Sarah Peterson, state Senate candidate Dr. Jill McCabe (D-13), and Conner’s mom Sharon Cummings.  The presentation took place at Wine and Dine for Autism, a fundraising event for ASNV on Tuesday, August 18 at the Stone Tower Winery in Leesburg.

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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. 

Virginia NOW Endorses Barbara Favola

Dear Barbara,

 

 

Virginia NOW (the Virginia Chapter of the National Organization for Women) thanks you for your outstanding leadership on behalf of women's concerns and is pleased to endorse your re-election to the Senate.

 

 

While we agree that “all issues are women’s issues,” there are - as you know - numerous issues that directly impact women’s lives, including reproductive health, health care services, safe and accessible childcare, economic equality, and reduction of domestic, sexual and gun violence directed at women. It is critical to have active advocacy on behalf of these and other issues and we thank you for all you have done to heighten awareness of these issues.

 

 

In the 2016 session of the General Assembly, we will continue to press for reform of testing of rape kits (PERKs, physical evidence recovery kits). We will support redistricting reform. We will continue working for passage of the Equal Rights Amendment in Virginia.

 

 

We look forward to continuing to work with you. 

 


Marjorie Signer, Virginia NOW PAC Co-Chair
Marj.signer@gmail.com


Diana Egozcue, Virginia NOW President and Virginia NOW PAC Co-Chair
president@vanow.org

 

 

Virginia NOW is a leading multi-issue, membership organization advocating for women’s rights and social justice for all people. Virginia NOW's legislative agenda is based on three core principles: increasing economic equality, ensuring women's access to health care and safety, and expanding civil and human rights. We have chapters throughout Virginia, including in Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax County (NoVA), Fredericksburg, Charlottesville, Montgomery County, Prince William County, Richmond, Vienna-McLean, and Tidewater.

 

Press Release: VEA ENDORSES FAVOLA CANDIDACY: LAUDS “COMMITMENT TO CHILDREN”

 Arlington, VA – The Virginia Education Association (VEA) Fund for Children and Public Education endorsed state Senator Barbara Favola (D – Arlington) for her upcoming election in the 31st District. The VEA cited Favola’s “commitment to public education and children” as a reason for their support. The VEA issued the endorsement after local affiliates recommended Sen. Favola.

 

Kimberly Adams, Fairfax Education Association: “Senator Favola has demonstrated her commitment to Virginia’s schools by working to protect children in public schools, limit class size, and provide support for early childhood programs. I strongly support her reelection campaign. ”

 

Senator Favola responded to the support: “Funding education is the best investment the Commonwealth can make. We have an obligation to provide affordable, high quality and accessible educational opportunities to all Virginians. I am grateful for the endorsement of the VEA and will continue to fight for Virginia’s future by working to improve its education system.”

 

This year, Senator Favola patroned several education-related bills: limiting the use of seclusion and restraint in public schools, addressing sexual assault on college campuses, and studying the importance of early childhood education.

 

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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: 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

Jay Fisette 2



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!