Friday, April 5, 2013
The state will raise $6 billion over the next five years for transportation projects.
Alexandria Democrats state Sen. George Barker and state Del. Charniele Herring on Thursday praised the passage of a statewide transportation funding package that is expected to raise $6 billion over five years. The transportation package is expected to raise more than $1 billion annually in taxes and sets up transportation funds for Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads. Herring, speaking to the Holmes Run Park Committee at Beatley Central Library Thursday evening, called the bill the “right thing to do.” “There’s a dispute about how much revenue it will raise, but I do think it’s a step in the right direction,” she said. Barker told the group the bill marked the first real investment in Virginia transportation in 27 years. “All in all, I’m…
Monday, February 25, 2013
Final budget amendments includes $3.4 million to add 1,700 in-state undergraduate seats at Virginia universities.
Monday, February 25
By Jessica Dahlberg, Capital News Service As the 2013 legislative session came to a close, the Virginia General Assembly approved amendments to the state’s two-year budget Saturday that included expanding Medicaid and spending more money on education. The amendments were passed by both the House (on an 83-17 vote) and the Senate (31-8) after tense discussions over Medicaid, which provides medical care for low-income residents. Legislators agreed to expand the program if certain reforms are made. In the House, Charniele Herring, D-Alexandria, voted in favor of the bill. In the Senate, Alexandria Democrats George Barker, Adam Ebbin and Dick Saslaw supported the legislation. See vote tally below. The reforms will make Medicaid look similar to…
Thursday, February 14, 2013
A bill that would make texting while driving a primary offense with a fine of $250 has received wide bipartisan support.
The Virginia Legislature is vetting a number of bills that would implement harsher texting while driving laws. Last week, the house passed a bill (HB 1907) that increases the fine for the first texting-while-driving offense to $250 upon conviction, and $500 for each subsequent conviction. The current fine is $20. The bill passed the House in a 92-4 vote, and was unanimously supported by the Senate Transportation Committee on Wednesday. Del. Charniele Herring, D-Alexandria, voted in favor of the bill, of which she is a patron. It is currently being vetted by the Senate Courts of Justice Committee. The legislation would make texting while driving a primary offense, which means police can stop someone just on the suspicion that a driver may…
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
The Virginia House voted to fund a study about whether to establish a metallic-based alternative currency for Virginia in the event that the U.S. dollar collapses.
A measure to study setting up an alternative metallic-based currency for Virginia is now in front of the state Senate after approval from the House of Delegates on Monday. The measure, with more than $17,000 in funding introduced by local Del. Bob Marshall (R-Manassas), "shall consider recommendations for legislation, with respect to the need, means, and schedule for establishing a metallic-based monetary unit to serve as a contingency currency for the Commonwealth," according to the bill. The House voted, 65-32, for the study of a metallic-based monetary unit in the event the U.S. dollar crumbles. Read the entire bill, as approved by the House. Del. Charniele Herring, who represents much of Alexandria's West End, voted against the …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Alexandria's senators were among those who supported bike legislation Tuesday — the first-ever Bicycle Action Day in Richmond.
Wednesday, January 30
By Katherine Johnson and Blake Belden, Capital News Service Several state senators joined Virginia bicyclists Tuesday for a Bicycle Action Day in Richmond, an event designed to support state legislators who are introducing bills that aim to make roads and biking safer across the Commonwealth. Several of Alexandria's senate representatives voted in favor of "share the road" legislation Tuesday that would increase the passing distance between vehicles and bicycles. About 15 bicyclists — members of RideRichmond, a nonprofit organization of bicycle enthusiasts, and their supporters – met on the Virginia Commonwealth University campus and biked to the General Assembly Building to demonstrate support for legislation that would require drivers …
Monday, January 28, 2013
Alexandria Del. Charniele Herring proposed a $2,500 credit for small businesses employing public university grads.
Monday, January 28
By Michael Shuster, Capital News Service A bill introduced by Del. Charniele Herring that would have given Virginia small businesses a $2,500 tax credit for hiring the state's public university graduates was tabled by House subcommittee members who said the offer should also apply to graduates of Virginia's private institutions. Herring represents part of Alexandria's western half. House Bill 1303 would have created an incentive system for small businesses that hired people holding an associate’s or bachelor’s degree from a public institution of higher education in Virginia, giving a $2,500 corporate income tax credit for each new full-time position created and filled after Jan. 1 of this year. Businesses could have claimed the credit …
Monday, January 21, 2013
No rest for the weary: Democrats gear up for tough 2013 state races.
An estimated 1,100 people attended the Virginia Inaugural Ball on Sunday at the Westin Arlington Gateway to celebrate the second inauguration of President Barack Obama — and gear up for key statewide elections in 2013. "Everybody is happy. Everybody is excited. It's a feel-good moment for everyone who worked on a campaign," Arlington County Democratic Chairman Mike Lieberman told Patch before speaking to the crowd. "The president is right to feel good about this weekend. You can't help but be optimistic. There's a lot of criticism of our government out there, and some of it is deserved. But there's also a lot of reason for optimism. And coming out of the last election, we see a lot of opportunities." [See photos from the Virginia Inaugural…
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Senators George Barker and Adam Ebbin and Delegates Charniele Herring and Rob Krupicka are heading to Richmond to represent the western part of Alexandria.
The Virginia General Assembly will convene at noon Wednesday for its 2013 session, and transportation, education and job creation are sure to be hot topics. Here is a listing of your elected officials representing the western half of Alexandria, including contact information for this session: VIRGINIA HOUSE OF DELEGATES District 46: Charniele Herring Del. Charniele Herring was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 2009 in a special election. In December 2012, she was elected chairwoman of the Democratic Party of Virginia. She lives here in Alexandria’s west end. Herring serves on the Courts of Justice and the Science and Technology committees in the House of Delegates. Here is her contact information while in session: P.O. Box 406…
Monday, December 10, 2012
Public comment largely centered on voting rights and health care issues.
State legislators convened at Alexandria City Hall last week to hear public comment on hot topics for their constituents, which included health care and voting rights with various other topics peppered throughout the discussion. Senators Adam Ebbin, D-30; George Barker, D-39; and Dick Saslaw, D-35; along with Delegates Rob Krupicka, D-45, and Charniele Herring, D-46, answered audience questions during the event, hosted by the League of Women Voters. There seemed to be a rare general consensus among the lawmakers and the speakers — mostly senior citizens — on the topic of health care that Virginia should set up a health care exchange. Citizens said the state should establish its own set of regulated health care plans before the federal …
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Herring represents central and west Alexandria in the state House of Delegates.
Charniele Herring, the state delegate whose district includes West End Alexandria, has been selected to lead the Democratic Party of Virginia. Herring was voted into the top spot during the party’s Central Committee meeting Saturday morning in Williamsburg. She released the following statement Saturday: "I am humbled by the strength and diversity of Virginia Democrats," she said. "I look forward to fighting every day to ensure we continue to elect Democrats here in this great Commonwealth." Outgoing party Chairman Brian Moran announced his resignation last month. Herring has served in the House of Delegates since 2009 and is currently minority whip. She has told Patch she plans to keep her delegate seat while serving as party chairwoman …