Capitol Report 2-8

By: Haley Harrison Email
By: Haley Harrison Email

As usual, it was a busy week in Richmond. Here's a look at what passed, what didn't and who's taking money from whom.

Halfway through the session and after plenty of partisan fighting, the first bill has become law. It lends a hand to those who've received money from Virginia Tech's Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund.

Governor Tim Kaine signed the bill, HB912 that allows Virginians to use certain federal tax deductions, into law earlier this week.

News usually focuses around bills that have passed, but this is one driver's may be glad didn't. The House voted against raising the gas tax 5.5 cents. Currently the tax is 17.5 cents, which hasn't changed since 1986. Money generated from the bill would have fueled transportation projects statewide.

It was also time to own up for all those gifts received from lobbyists in 2007. According to the Virginia Public Access Project, 117 of the 140 General Assembly members accepted gifts ranging from tickets to the circus to trail rides from the Virginia Horse Council to travel to a battle of the bands concert. Delegate Adam Ebbin and Senator Kenneth Stolle topped the list by accepting more than $10,000 each.

If there's a specific Senator or Delegate you'd like to look up and see who they're taking gifts from, the VPAP website link is available below.


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