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Arlington legislators get good marks from environmental group

July 10, 2019News Clip

Six members of Arlington’s seven-member General Assembly delegation won perfect scores from the Virginia League of Conservation Voters for the 2019 session, with the seventh not too far behind.

State Sens. Barbara Favola and Janet Howell and Dels. Patrick Hope, Rip Sullivan, Alfonso Lopez and Mark Levine each received 100-percent rankings in the organization’s annual scorecard, released in late June.

They were among 49 legislators – 11 senators and 38 delegates – to vote with the conservation organization 100 percent of the time during the winter session.

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Nearly 4-Year-Old Jacob Leads the Way

July 10, 2019News ClipNew state law protects the rights of gay and straight couples who use a surrogate to have a child.

Jacob Warner Olson Timmons sat on the lap of Gov. Ralph Northam and grasped the Governor's large pen. They were at Walker Chapel United Methodist Church, where the governor would sign HB 1979 (Jacob's Law) on June 25. The ceremony was being held where Jacob attends Walker Chapel Preschool, and the room was full of children twirling in circles, bouncing on the bench, and tugging at their seersucker suits and floral spring dresses.

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Jacob's Law to Strengthen Surrogacy Rights in Virginia

June 28, 2019News ClipA gay couple's lengthy legal battle to gain custody of their son inspired the bill

A new law in Virginia will strengthen surrogacy rights for gay and straight couples as well as single parents.

On Tuesday, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed Jacob's Law, which is named for a 3-year-old boy whose parents endured a lengthy legal battle in Wisconsin to obtain parental rights of their son.

Jay Timmons and Rick Olson live in Virginia, but decided to go through the surrogacy process in Wisconsin.

But just six weeks before Jacob was born, a judge in Wisconsin took their parental rights away.

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Del. Sullivan makes re-election bid official

March 8, 2019News Clip

As he embarks on what likely will be an easy journey to re-election, Del. Rip Sullivan says he has been effective in the minority and will be more so if Democrats win the majority in Richmond.

“I have gone to Richmond and been a leader,” Sullivan (D-48th) said in campaign-kickoff remarks to about 175 people at the March 6 meeting of the Arlington County Democratic Committee.

“There’s work to be done,” Sullivan said, but “the ball is moving forward.”

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Bill closes ‘malpractice trap’ in contract actions

March 7, 2019News Clip

Legislation approved by the General Assembly should close a little-noticed gap in the statutes that set out Virginia’s limitations periods for contract actions.

The well-understood general rule for Virginia contract actions is that the deadline is five years for a written contract and three years for an oral contract. But a 2016 ruling from the Supreme Court of Virginia highlighted a gap: the five-year limitations period applies only when the contract in question is signed by the party sought to be charged with a breach.

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Gay couple's surrogacy ordeal unites Va. partisans

February 27, 2019News Clip

Jay Timmons, his husband, Rick Olson, and their 3-year-old son, Jacob — born with the help of a surrogate — are not the typical nuclear family celebrated by Virginia Republicans, particularly by the conservative base.

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LGBTQ advocates dismayed but undaunted by legislative losses

February 26, 2019News Clip

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The General Assembly's 2019 session was a disappointment for LGBTQ advocates as most legislation on health care, marriage and legal protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity failed. But activists are not giving up.

"I would encourage people not to be discouraged because we are going to be back next year," said Bill Harrison, president of Diversity Richmond, which supports cultural, health and other programs for the LGBTQ community.

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Jacob’s Law Passes General Assembly, Heads to Governor’s Desk

February 20, 2019Press Release

February 20, 2019


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Jacob’s Law Passes General Assembly, Heads to Governor’s Desk


RICHMOND, Va. – Delegate Richard C. “Rip” Sullivan, Jr.’s HB1979, also known as Jacob’s Law, has successfully passed both the Virginia House of Delegates and the Senate.

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General Assembly lauds centennial of Arlington fire station

January 25, 2019News Clip

The General Assembly has approved a resolution celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of what began life as a volunteer fire company and eventually became Arlington Fire Station #8.

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Early voting could be coming to Virginia

January 16, 2019News Clip

RICHMOND, Va. - Early voting could be coming to Virginia if this Democratic lawmaker gets his way. 

The bill, proposed Tuesday by Democratic Del. Richard "Rip" Sullivan, would allow anyone qualified to vote to cast their ballot early without giving a reason or applying beforehand. 

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