LICENSE PLATE READERS, POLICE DATA TO BE LIMITED, SAYS SENATE PANEL

RICHMOND, Va. – Police use of license plate readers and other data collection technologies will be strictly limited if a bill by Senator Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax) becomes law. Today, Petersen’s bill was reported out of Senate General Laws Committee in a bipartisan vote of 12-3.

Restricting the government’s unwarranted and indiscriminate collection of personal data has become a focus of Petersen’s legislative efforts in the last two sessions. Last year, he co-founded the Ben Franklin Liberty caucus in 2014 with Delegate Rich Anderson (R-Prince William).

PETERSEN’S “HOMEOWNERS’ BILL OF RIGHTS” PASSES SENATE

RICHMOND, Va. – Sen. Chap Petersen’s Homeowners’ Bill of Rights is one step closer to becoming law. Today the bill passed the Senate unanimously.

The bill, SB 1008, codifies a series of protections for homeowners that live in a home owners’ association (HOA) or condominium associations.

The Homeowners’ Bill of Rights consists of five provisions –

Petersen State Sentinel: Stayin’ Alive in the Senate [REMINDER: Town Hall Saturday]

Reminder: Town Hall this Saturday, 9:00 a.m. at Fairfax City Hall

Dear Friends, Virginians and Citizens of Fairfax:

We must be living in the Seventies, because the Petersen legislative lineup is “Stayin’ Alive” in Richmond.

In the short session, things move quickly down. You’ve got to have the right people and the right motions to make sure your bill doesn’t get killed.

So far my bill lineup has largely survived.

PETERSEN’S BILL TO REPEAL TAX BREAK FOR POLITICAL DONATIONS PASSES COMMITTEE

RICHMOND, Va. – Virginians could soon lose one of their most treasured tax credits – up to $25 bucks for donating to political campaigns.

Senator Chap Petersen’s (D-Fairfax) bill to repeal Virginia’s tax credit for donating to political campaigns passed the Senate Finance Committee unanimously.

Petersen’s legislation, SB 1399, would repeal Virginia’s decades old tax credit of up to $25 per individual who donates to a political campaign. Repealing this tax credit would save the Commonwealth nearly $700,000.

Press Release: Sen. Petersen’s “Good Samaritan” Overdose Bill Passes Senate Courts Committee

RICHMOND, Va. – Senator Chap Petersen’s (D-Fairfax) bill to protect “Good Samaritans” who call 911 to report drug overdoses has passed the Senate Courts of Justice Committee in a unanimous vote.

Petersen’s legislation, SB 892, would provide an affirmative defense for individuals who take responsible measures to report an overdose, remain at the scene of the overdose until emergency services arrive, and identify themselves to the responding officer.

Petersen State Sentinel: The Opening Lineup for 2015

Dear Friends, Virginians and Citizens of Fairfax:

Introducing the 2015 legislation of Senator Chap Petersen!

(Band marches out, cheerleaders form a tunnel …)

At left tackle, we have a blind side protector, SB 696, to keep Virginia safe from shady deals and corrupt bargains.

At right tackle, we have a consistent starter, SB 882, who protects bicyclists from open car doors. This year, he may even pass the House.

Media Advisory: Sen. Petersen’s “Homeowners’ Bill of Rights” Legislation to be Heard in Senate General Laws Committee Monday, January 26th

Media Advisory: Sen. Petersen’s “Homeowners’ Bill of Rights” Legislation to be Heard in Senate General Laws Committee Monday, January 26th

RICHMOND, Va. – Senator Chap Petersen’s (D-Fairfax) bill to establish the Virginia Homeowners’ Bill of Rights will be heard in Senate General Laws Committee on Monday, January 26th, 45 minutes after adjournment.

Sen. Petersen’s Virginia Homeowners’ Bill of Rights will codify many protections for HOA and condo association members. These rights include:

SEN. PETERSEN INTRODUCES LEGISLATION FOR OVERDOSE SITUATIONS IN VIRGINIA

RICHMOND, Va. – Senator Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax) has introduced legislation that will permit those who witness an accidental drug overdose to call emergency services without fear of prosecution. This legislation, SB 892, would provide an affirmative defense for individuals who take responsible measures to report an overdose, remain at the scene of the overdose until emergency services arrive, and identify themselves to the responding officer.

SB 892 was brought to Senator Petersen’s attention by Professor Gerard Lawson of Virginia Tech.

Statement of Professor Lawson:

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