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72nd District Republican Primary – Ernesto Sampson, Edward Whitlock


In preparation for Tuesday's primary elections, the Henrico Citizen invited the candidates for every race that impacts Henrico County to answer several questions about themselves. The responses of those in this election who replied appear below:
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Assembly passes bill to prevent identity theft


A bill that seeks to protect Virginians from losing their income tax refunds to identity thieves won final approval Wednesday in the General Assembly.

The bill’s sponsor, Del. Mark Keam, D-Vienna, said thieves can steal information from the payroll system of an employer or payroll service and use it to claim a state income tax refund before the real taxpayer files a legitimate return.

“Incidents of cyber hacking and data breach are becoming way too common, and criminals are using every opportunity to prey on innocent Virginians,” Keam said.
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Small businesses may get break on tax penalties


New small businesses that fall behind on their state taxes would get a break under a bill passed by the House of Delegates on Wednesday.

SB 793 would waive the penalties for small businesses that are in arrears in paying their taxes during their first two years in operation.

The legislation was introduced by Republican Sens. Glen Sturtevant and Amanda Chase, both of Chesterfield. It would waive any penalties related to taxes administered by the Virginia Department of Taxation as long as the small business has signed an installment agreement to complete payment of its taxes.
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Senate approval sends ‘Tebow Bill’ to McAuliffe


The Virginia Senate narrowly approved a bill Monday that would allow home-schooled students across the commonwealth to play high school sports.

HB 1578, commonly known as the “Tebow Bill,” would eliminate a statewide ban prohibiting home-schooled students from participating in high school athletics and other interscholastic activities.

The Senate voted 22-18 in favor of the measure. Democratic Sen. Lynwood Lewis of Accomac joined the 21 Republican senators in voting for the bill, which had been approved by the House last month.
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UVA student from Henrico helps call attention to need for sexual assault education


When one of her friends was sexually assaulted her second semester at the University of Virginia, Hannah Shadowen, a UVA student and Henrico County native, said she knew she had to do something.

“I supported her through that, and it was really hard, but I was like I need to be more informed, and I want to change this, so this doesn’t happen here,” Shadowen said.

Shadowen joined One Less, an all female-identifying, gender non-conforming sexual assault prevention group run by UVA students. Through her participation in One Less, Shadowen has visited other organizations on campus to discuss healthy relationships, sexual violence, the meaning of consent, intimate partner violence, and survivor support.
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Senate approves criminal penalties for female genital mutilation


The Virginia Senate unanimously passed a bill that would criminalize the act of female genital mutilation by categorizing it as a class one misdemeanor.

The bill was originally proposed by Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant, R-Henrico, but was later incorporated into bill SB1060, introduced by Sen. Dick Black, R-Leesburg.

“It is estimated that over 200 million females around the world have undergone some form of FGM,” Dunnavant said. “Our state is listed as one where women and girls are at the highest risk of being victims. These statistics are alarming, and I think something needs to be done to address this issue here in the Commonwealth.”
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State House Education Committee members weigh in on DeVos confirmation


Virginia House Education Committee delegates had mixed reactions to Betsy DeVos’s confirmation as U.S. Education Secretary, with some hopeful for the changes she is expected to bring and others wary about what her appointment means for public schools.

“In Virginia, we’ve been working on ways to improve choice for our students and Secretary DeVos shares our commitment to providing high-quality education for all students, regardless of their ZIP code, and I expect her to be a strong proponent of school choice,” said House Education Chairman R. Steven Landes, R-25th District.
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Democrat Jeff Bourne elected to Virginia House


Jeff Bourne, a member of the Richmond School Board, easily won a special election Tuesday for the Virginia House of Delegates. Bourne, the Democratic nominee in the race, will represent the 71st House District, which includes parts of Richmond and Henrico County.

With all precincts reporting, Bourne received 3,708 votes, almost 90 percent of the ballots cast. The second-place candidate, Libertarian John W. Barclay, got about 7 percent. Regie Ford, an independent candidate, received about 3 percent.

Bourne fill the seat vacated by a fellow Democrat, Jennifer McClellan, who was elected to the state Senate last month.
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Audience boos as panel rebuffs redistricting advocates


Dozens of people jeered Republicans on a House committee Friday after they declined to revive legislation aimed at changing the way political districts are drawn in Virginia.

More than 100 people gathered for the meeting of the House Privileges and Elections Committee. Some of them yelled “Cowards!” and “Shame on you!” after the panel refused a request by Democrats to reconsider five redistricting proposals that a subcommittee had killed earlier in the week.

During the Friday morning meeting, the committee blew through its agenda and did not take up the proposed constitutional amendments addressing redistricting.
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