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Peterson submits Riggleman key policy platform

State Sen. Chap Petersen has introduced SB 1593 that would ban regulated monopolies from donating to political campaigns.


Chap Petersen pro-cycling ‘dooring’ bill passes House

The House of Delegates passed Senator Chap Petersen’s bill to protect cyclists and drivers from the dangers of suddenly opened car doors in a 70-25 vote.


Civil forfeiture bill dies in State Senate

A Senate floor effort to keep alive a bill to prohibit the civil seizure of assets when the defendant had been acquitted of the underlying crime failed on Monday.


Bill banning party loyalty oaths in primaries passes Senate

Fairfax State Senator Chap Petersen’s bill to ban loyalty oaths in state-run primaries passed the Senate today in a bipartisan 34-5 vote.


Senate committee passes bill banning primary loyalty oaths

Fairfax Sen. Chap Petersen’s bill to eliminate loyalty oaths or statements of affiliation in state-subsidized party primaries passed a Senate committee.


Petersen bill seeks to eliminate loyalty oath in party primaries

Sen. Chap Petersen has filed legislation that will ban parties from requiring voters to sign a loyalty oath to vote in the 2016 presidential primary.


Petersen seeks to eliminate car tax, replace with local fuel tax

Senator Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax) has introduced legislation for the 2016 session that will eliminate the car tax for vehicles used by individuals.


Chap Petersen bill to limit civil forfeiture of property prior to conviction

State Sen. Chap Petersen has introduced legislation that will limit the ability of law enforcement to take property from citizens prior to conviction.


Petersen and Wexton: I-66 tolls inside Beltway need to go to Beltway improvements

Sens. Chap Petersen and Jennifer Wexton will introduce a bill requiring revenues from tolling I-66 inside the Beltway be used for that stretch of I-66.


Senate Democratic Caucus elects new leadership

This afternoon, members of the Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus met to elect their leadership. Senator Richard L. “Dick” Saslaw (D-Fairfax) and Senator A. Donald McEachin (D-Henrico) were re-elected by acclamation as Democratic Leader and Caucus Chair respectively.


State Sen. Chap Petersen introduces bill to create competitive congressional districts

For the 2015 Special Session, Senator Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax) will introduce a redistricting bill that will dramatically change Virginia’s congressional districts with the intent of leading to more contested elections.


Good Samaritan overdose protection bill signed by Governor McAuliffe

Senator Chap Petersen’s (D-Fairfax) bill to protect Good Samaritans who call 911 to report drug overdoses has been signed by Governor Terry McAuliffe.


Statement of Sen. Petersen after Governor McAuliffe veto of anti-surveillance legislation

Included below is a statement from Senator Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax) in response to Governor Terry McAuliffe’s veto of SB 965.


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ACLU of Virginia delivers pro-privacy petition signed by more than 10,000

Today, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Virginia hand delivered to the Governor’s office a petition signed by 10,435 individuals urging Governor McAuliffe to protect the privacy of Virginians by signing SB 965 (Petersen D Fairfax).


General Assembly divides government surveillance bills: Governor has a choice

In a parliamentary maneuver, Senator Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax), and Delegate Rich Anderson (R-Prince William), have sent their government surveillance legislation to the Governor’s desk in two different formats.


Governor cuts Sen. Petersen bill to protect Virginians from government surveillance

Senator Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax City) has received notice from Virginia Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran that the Governor of Virginia, Terence R. McAuliffe, will amend his bill to protect citizens from government surveillance.


Virginia proclaims Chap Petersen’s Homeowners Bill of Rights as law

When an overly aggressive home owner’s association or condo association takes action against a Virginia homeowner, the citizen will have a new tool to defend their property: A Homeowners Bill of Rights.


Sen. Petersen’s public letter to attorney general regarding legality of closing Sweet Briar College

Virginia State Senator Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax) has sent the following letter to Attorney General Mark Herring regarding the legality of closing Sweet Briar College.


Petersen’s Homeowners Bill of Rights passes General Assembly

Sen. Chap Petersen’s Homeowners Bill of Rights passed the House of Delegates unanimously today, the bill now moves to the Governor’s desk.


House passes Petersen’s restrictions on indiscriminate police surveillance

Police use of license plate readers and other data collection technologies will be strictly limited if a bill by Senator Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax) becomes law. On Tuesday, Petersen’s bill (SB 965) was reported out of the House 95-4. The bill now likely moves to conference.


House frowns on Petersen political tax credit repeal

In a show of hands, House Republicans killed Senator Chap Petersen’s (D-Fairfax City) bill to repeal the political contribution tax credit in Virginia.


Senate passes Chap Petersen bill to reign in police data collection

Police use of license plate readers and other data collection technologies will be strictly limited if a bill by Senator Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax) becomes law.


License plate readers, police data to be limited, says Virginia Senate panel

Police use of license plate readers and other data collection technologies will be strictly limited if a bill by Senator Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax) becomes law.


Sen. Chap Petersen’s Homeowners’ Bill of Rights passes Senate

Sen. Chap Petersen’s Homeowners’ Bill of Rights is one step closer to becoming law. Today the bill passed the Senate unanimously.


Chap Petersen bill to repeal tax break for political donations passes Senate committee

Virginians could soon lose one of their most treasured tax credits – up to $25 bucks for donating to political campaigns.


Sen. Petersen’s Good Samaritan overdose bill passes Senate Courts Committee

Senator Chap Petersen’s (D-Fairfax) bill to protect Good Samaritans who call 911 to report drug overdoses has passed the Senate Courts of Justice Committee in a unanimous vote.


State Senate: Solar panels should be allowed in HOA communities

Solar panels could become commonplace across the Commonwealth, if a bill patroned by Sen. Chap Petersen is signed into law. The House of Delegates voted to pass SB 222 today, sending the bill through its final legislative hoop before going to the governor for his signature. The House vote was 95-4.


Puppy mill bill heads to Gov. Terry McAuliffe for final approval

Virginia is for . . . puppies? The Commonwealth is about to find out. “Bailey’s Law,” Sen. Chap Petersen’s puppy mill protection act passed the Senate and House and now goes to Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s desk for his approval.


Sen. Chap Petersen leads fight to roll back homeowner’s association powers

State Sen. Chap Petersen led the fight to roll back the effects of a bill that enhances the power of for home owner associations (HOAs) and condo associations to fine homeowners and exercise powers outside of their charters.


Bill protecting cyclists from opening car doors killed in House committee

Senator Chap Petersen’s bill to protect cyclists from suddenly opened car doors died an untimely death in House Transportation Subcommittee #2. The vote was 4-3.


Lemon puppies bill passes House committee

Puppies received the blessing of the House of Delegates Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday. State Sen. Chap Petersen’s bill (SB 228) to protect puppies and consumers was voted out unanimously, poising the bill for final passage by the House of Delegates.


Bill to allow electronic card games in Virginia bingo halls passes Senate committee

Volunteer fire departments, religious charities and other nonprofits may have a chance to bolster sagging bingo revenues, if a bill patroned by Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax) continues to gain support.


Senate passes puppy mill bill, “Bailey’s Law”

On Thursday, the Virginia Senate unanimously passed SB 228, “Bailey’s Law,” the puppy mill bill patroned by Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax), one of the top legislative priorities for the Humane Society of the United States.


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Former UVa. professor Michael Mann critical of Mark Obenshain on climate change

Republican attorney general candidate Mark Obenshain is trying to change his story on gubernatorial nominee Ken Cuccinelli’s crusade against former UVa. professor Michael Mann’s climate-change research.


Petersen introduces bill to improve access to waterways

State Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax) announced on Friday that he has introduced legislation to protect recreational access to river, streams, and creeks across the Commonwealth.


Petersen calls for five-year expiration date for state tax credits

Northern Virginia Democratic State Sen. Chap Petersen announced on Monday his proposal to establish a five-year limit for all tax credits in Virginia. The proposal takes the form of a constitutional amendment, subject to ratification by both the Senate, House of Delegates, and the citizens of Virginia.


Petersen calls for CTB reform as key to roads fix

State Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax) called on his fellow senators and delegates to reform the Commonwealth Transportation Board membership allocation in the 2013 session.


State Senate overturns Sunday hunting ban

Today the Senate of Virginia passed SB 464 sponsored by Sen. Ralph Northam (D-Norfolk) which will permit hunting on Sundays on private land in Virginia. A companion bill, SB 173, sponsored by Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax City), which adopted the “private land” compromise for permitting Sunday hunting, was rolled into Senator Northam’s bill in committee. […]


Senate Democrats work through issues

   Column by Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple www.vasenatedems.com Greetings from Richmond! As the Senate Democratic Caucus begins another lively session of the Virginia General Assembly, we are reminded that every year presents its own challenges and opportunities, and this year should offer plenty of both. As we consider the many bills before us, know that […]


League backs Petersen’s green initiative

   Staff Report News tips: freepress2@ntelos.net The Virginia League of Conservation Voters has announced its support of the Green Public Buildings Act and the Steps to Advance Virginia’s Energy Plan Act, part of State Sen. Chap Petersen’s energy conservation plan for Virginia. The Green Public Buildings Act, Senate Bill No. 109, requires all new construction […]


Petersen: Car-tax cut not a ‘mistake’

Democrat critical of Kaine on car tax; will push gas-tax index to boost transportation dollars Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net Remember how upset Fairfax Democrat Chap Petersen was right after Gov. Tim Kaine proposed last month to replace the car-tax relief program that dates back to the administration of Jim Gilmore with a 1 percent […]


Focus | No car tax, but yes, local income tax?

Kaine gets heat for controversial proposed switch Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net Goodbye, No Car Tax. Hello, New Local Income Tax. Tim Kaine didn’t exactly say it that way, but that was the sum effect. “Let’s keep the promise. Let’s get rid of the car tax on personal vehicles completely, but do it the right […]