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By Donald Lambro
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Topic - David B. Albo
A person found intoxicated behind the wheel of a car parked on a public road with a key in its ignition will automatically be considered guilty of drunken driving, according to an unprecedented ruling by the Virginia Supreme Court.
Virginia legislators took time from wrapping up the people's business on Friday, the penultimate day of the 2012 General Assembly session, to participate in the annual "Sensitivity Caucus Awards Day."
An appearance by D.C. politics legend Marion Barry made for some good radio on WAMU's popular Politics Hour on Friday.
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on Wednesday announced his support to amend a bill requiring women to undergo ultrasound imaging before having an abortion.
The Virginia House of Delegates on Thursday signed off on a measure that codifies a version of the state's common-law "castle doctrine" granting civil immunity to those using deadly force against intruders.
About a quarter of the way through the state's General Assembly session, Republicans thus far have flexed their strengthened muscles to advance legislation on redistricting, abortion and gun rights — with many Democrats left simply to stand and protest.
An emergency bill to overhaul the makeup of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which oversees the Washington region's two airports and the Dulles Metrorail project, failed Thursday to garner the four-fifths vote necessary to clear the Virginia House.
Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II wants to expand the scope of the state's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit so members can be deputized to serve subpoenas, carry a weapon and wear a badge.
Legislators say the most sizable vacancy in the Virginia Supreme Court's history isn't going to end soon - with two of seven seats unfilled for four months.
The government apparatus in Virginia will extract $38.6 billion in taxes, fees and charges from the public this year. As the General Assembly convenes the 2011 regular session today, some lawmakers are suggesting this considerable sum isn't enough. They want more wealth transferred from consumers' pockets into Richmond's coffers.
RICHMOND — The real work of the legislative session begins tomorrow when lawmakers in each chamber are expected to pass budget proposals that will be forwarded to a conference committee that will negotiate a spending compromise.
RICHMOND (AP) — Legislation to end the punitive fees on dangerous drivers cleared its final Senate committee yesterday en route to a floor vote, but reimbursements for those who already have paid them aren't along for the ride.
RICHMOND — Delegate David B. Albo is standing his ground in support of the "abusive driver" fees that the state started imposing against Virginia drivers in the summer, despite pressure from fellow lawmakers and Virginia residents to scrap the law.
RICHMOND (AP) — About 6,700 additional inmates are expected to enter Virginia's prison system in the next five years, and officials are looking for ways to keep up with the surge.
A U.S. Navy veteran with a clean driving record who faces a $1,050 civil remedial fee after he was cited for driving 20 mph over the speed limit in Arlington sued the state of Virginia yesterday over its "abuser fee" program.
"We've all been grumbling about it," said Mr. Albo, who added that when the governor's office approached lawmakers during the legislative session, he couldn't think of any delegates who were in favor of it. "I love the governor. There's no bigger fan than Dave Albo. Just choked the Redskins thing. But he's batting .900 with me."
Delegate David B. Albo, Fairfax Republican, said the revision to the regulations was beyond Mr. McDonnell's control and that the board acted outside its statutory authority.