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Warner cosponsors bill to train airline personnel to combat human trafficking

U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) have introduced legislation to combat human trafficking on commercial air flights.

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Landes bill on explicit materials in schools passes Senate

House Bill 516, which requires the Board of Education to establish a policy regarding sexually explicit materials for public schools, passed the Senate 22 to 17.


Warner, McCaul lead coalition to establish digital security commission

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner led a bipartisan group introducing legislation to establish an independent National Commission on Security and Technology Challenges.

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Senate votes to bar local decisions on Confederate monuments

The Senate voted Monday to approve a bill that would strip localities of authority to make decisions about Confederate monuments within their boundaries.

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Senate committee revives, advances controversial immigration enforcement bill

An undocketed bill that had been heard and passed by indefinitely at a previous Senate committee meeting was revived and ultimately reported on a straight party line vote.

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Senate Democrats mark passage of Senate budget

Thursday afternoon, the Virginia Senate approved its budget bills — SB 29 and SB 30 — on near-unanimous votes.


Warner, Kaine call for hearing, vote on Obama Supreme Court nominee

U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine are calling on Senate Republicans to hold a hearing and vote on President Obama’s eventual Supreme Court nominee.


Senate passes bill to award Congressional Gold Medal to OSS veterans

The Senate passed a bipartisan resolution awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to veterans of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS).

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Senate upholds local control for charter schools

A Senate committee declined to report Del. Rob Bell’s (R-Charlottesville) charter schools proposal.

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Senate committee advances bill to limit wages for local workers

A Senate committee voted to advance a bill barring localities from requiring employers to offer pay or benefits above the minimum levels laid out in state and federal law.

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Senate Democrats comment on state budget

Senate Democrats offered comments on the Senate’s proposed amendments to the current budget and the Senate’s proposed budget for the coming biennium.

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Mark Warner signs onto amicus brief to back access to birth control

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner joined in an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on the need to protect women’s access to affordable birth control.


Senate committee backs Return to Learn, physical activity requirements

A Senate committee backed a measure geared towards supporting students who have suffered health setbacks and another to increase physical activity in schools.


Warner, Kaine announce $15.4 million in homeland security funding for Virginia

Virginia will receive federal preparedness grants totaling more than $15.4 million from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.


Right to work amendment on Virgina ballot in November

The Virginia Senate passed HB4 and HJ2 on party-line votes to incorporate a version of Virginia’s existing right to work law into the state constitution.


Senate defeats charter school amendment

The Senate rejected SB 588, SJ 6, and SJ 93, which sought to amend the Virginia constitution to allow state government to establish charter schools,


Religious refusal bill passes Virginia Senate

The Senate approved a measure entitling religious organizations and affiliated businesses to refuse to provide services or goods based on religious beliefs.

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Sen. Mark Warner to swing through Shenandoah Valley, Central Virginia next week

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner will kick off five days of travel throughout the Commonwealth for a series of meetings and discussions.

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Jim Webb rules out independent run for president

Former U.S. Sen. Jim Webb couldn’t make headway in his brief bid for the Democratic Party presidential nomination.

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Senate committee fails to certify Supreme Court justice: Politics?

Wednesday afternoon, the GOP-controlled Senate Courts of Justice Committee refused to consider certifying Virginia Supreme Court Justice Jane Marum Roush.


Senate passes strengthened North Korea sanctions

The United States Senate voted 96-0 Wednesday to pass the North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act, which strengthens our nation’s ability to sanction North Korea.

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GO Virginia clears Senate Finance Committee

This morning, with broad bipartisan support, Governor McAuliffe’s GO Virginia proposal flew out of the Senate Finance Committee.

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Sanctuary cities bills pass State Senate

Two Republican bills designed to stop cities and counties from adopting so-called “sanctuary policies” passed the Senate on party-line votes.


Sens. Warner, Kaine call for additional funding to respond to Zika virus

As the threat of the Zika virus grows, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) joined colleagues in urging President Obama to devote increased funding.


Senate committee defeats early education bills

A Senate committee rejected three bills to ensure that early education is available to all 4- and 5-year-olds and to require full-day kindergarten.

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Sen. Warner introduces bipartisan bill to expand telehealth services

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) joined in unveiling the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act.

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Warner cosponsors bill to take partisanship out of congressional redistricting

Sen. Mark Warner is a cosponsor of the Fairness and Independence in Redistricting (FAIR) Act to take partisanship out of the congressional redistricting process.

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Tim Kaine makes case for fully integrating women into combat units

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine expressed his support for fully integrating female servicemembers into all combat units.

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Senate committee backs Clean Power Plan block

The Senate Finance Committee approved a bill that would delay or obstruct implementation of the Clean Power Plan in Virginia.


Senate passes electoral fairness bills

The Virginia Senate passed a number of bills that would better protect voters’ ability to cast meaningful ballots in fair, competitive elections.

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Herring addresses opiod abuse before Senate Special Committee on Aging

Attorney General Mark Herring testified on the heroin and prescription drug addiction epidemic, in particular its potential to impact older Virginians.

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Virginia Senate blocks women’s right to choose

The Senate defeated Donald McEachin’s SB 183, which would have removed the prohibition on covering abortions in insurance plans and riders sold on Virginia’s health exchange.

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Warner, Kaine praise federal recognition of Pamunkey tribe

U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine released the following statement on the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ decision to grant federal recognition to the Pamunkey tribe.


Minimum wage bills killed in Virginia Senate

This afternoon, on a series of party-line votes, Senate Republicans shot down Democratic efforts to improve the economic security of working families.

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Virginia college students discuss student debt with Sens. Warner, Kaine

Student leaders from 20 Virginia colleges traveled to Capitol Hill to discuss tthe impact of rising student loan obligations.


Senate votes to raise felony larceny threshold

The Senate approved and sent to the House a bill to raise the threshold for felony larceny from $200 to $500.


Ultrasound requirement ban rejected by Senate committee

A Senate committee voted Thursday to defeat SB53, a bill proposed by Sen. Mamie Locke that would repeal Virginia’s mandatory ultrasound rule.

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Tebow Bill clears State Senate committee

The latest effort at a Tebow Bill, this one introduced by State Sen. Tom Garrett, R-Buckingham, SB612, reported out of a Senate committee on Thursday.

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Senate committee reports Kim Davis Bill

Sen. Bill Carrico’s bill to allow clerks of court and their deputies to refrain from issuing marriage licenses based on personal objections passed a Senate committee.

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Tim Kaine introduces bill to end gun industry liability shield

The Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act would ensure that the gun industry is not shielded from liability.