McEachin also aimed for modernization, introducing a bill that, for the first time since 1996, would increase penalties against polluters. DEQ applauded the language, acknowledging that these fines are a tool to encourage compliance with the law when a polluter refuses to come to the negotiating table. These bills enjoyed bipartisan support and both passed the Senate. Unfortunately, they faced opposition in the House of Delegates, and incredibly, in the face of all that’s happened in the past year, these bills failed to become law.
This session, Democratic Sen. Barbara Favola’s Senate Bill 943 — a bill to keep guns out of the hands of those who abuse, stalk or sexually batter a family member — easily passed the Senate Courts of Justice committee. However, in an atmosphere where any discussion of gun safety brings threats of political reprisal, the legislation was shunted off to quietly disappear in the Finance Committee under the guise of budgetary restraint.
Africa Grooms and Steven Williams Jr., both eighth grade students at Charles City Middle School, have both been appointed as Senate Pages for the 2015 Virginia General Assembly Session by Senator A. Donald McEachin, state senator for the 9th Senatorial District.
“I am pleased to have two fine student representatives of Charles City County participate in the Senate Page program this session,” McEachin said. “I am most certain this prestigious opportunity will be a positive experience for Africa and Steven.”
Richmond – Last evening, a subcommittee of the House of Delegates defeated Senate Bill 1071, introduced by Senator A. Donald McEachin (D-Henrico), which would have raised fines on toxic waste incidents, in a party line vote. Although fines have not been raised in over forty years, since the 1970s, the subcommittee voted not to make those who behave recklessly with toxic waste to incur reasonable fines.