Tag: Sen. Mark Obenshain

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At Shenandoah County Forum, Candidates Face Off Across the Table

A crowd gathered Wednesday evening in Edinburg for a rare event: the chance to see their choices for the General Assembly who will be on the ballot in November come together for a public forum.

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Guns and politics: Where does the debate in Virginia go next?

The special session the governor called to enact gun control measures in Virginia last week lasted just two hours — but its abrupt end hasn’t stopped the debate over gun violence policies. Instead, the venue has shifted from the state House and Senate floors to the Virginia State Crime Commission and to the campaign trail as legislators and their challengers differ over the potential path forward.

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Former Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling steps down from JMU position as Sen. Obenshain’s ethics bill takes effect

In response to legislation passed by the General Assembly this spring and took effect on Monday, former Lt. Governor Bill Bolling has stepped away from his job as Senior Fellow at James Madison University.

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After Southview fire, calls for changes to building code – and lingering resentment over a previous fire safety ordinance

The aftermath of the fire has triggered anew a disagreement between the City of Harrisonburg, state legislators and lobbyists for the apartment management industry over a city ordinance that was enacted in 2015 and, prompted several bills in the General Assembly and became the subject of a legal battle that lasted more than a year.

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At campaign fundraiser, enthusiastic Valley Republicans look to November and beyond

At this year’s oyster dinner fundraiser, the focus went beyond Sen. Obenshain’s attempt to win a fifth term to serve as a kick-off for the pivotal 2019 campaign season where Republicans are seeking to maintain their majorities in the General Assembly.

After last-minute maneuvering, General Assembly passes funding bill for I-81 improvements

The road to funding improvements on I-81 took another twist Wednesday, with the General Assembly voting to increase truck registration fees and impose new fuel taxes along the I-81 corridor.

After last-ditch effort to fund I-81 improvements this year fails, more study, another report, and lots of divergent opinions await

State Sen. Mark Obenshain went out on a limb with a bill to begin tolling on I-81 to pay for $2.2 billion in much-needed improvements to the interstate . Things didn’t work like he’d hoped, however.

“I’m deeply disappointed,” Obenshain said. “We had a commitment to a process last year, and, frankly, I did a pretty uncomfortable thing of taking the result of that process and carrying that legislation.”

General Assembly debates mandatory prison time for students who make certain school threats

While some say different circumstances call for different outcomes, a bill now moving through the General Assembly would create a mandatory prison sentence for certain kinds of threats made against schools in Virginia. Though the law is a response to the increase in threats made against schools in parts of Virginia, local school administrators say they have not seen an increase in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. 

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