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Measure to Repeal Same Sex Marriage Ban Dies in Senate Committee

The state Senate Privileges and Elections Committee has killed a measure that would start the process to repeal the 2006 constitutional amendment banning same-sex-marriage.

The U.S. Supreme Court legalized same sex marriage in Virginia when it refused to intervene following a lower court decision overturning the state’s ban on the practice in October.

The bill’s patron, Democratic Senator Adam Ebbin of Alexandria, says the constitution and the code need to accurately reflect the law of the land.

Voter Registration Bill Fails in Senate

A bill that would require voters to register by party was killed in the Senate on a vote of 19 to 21.

The bill’s patron Republican Senator Mark Obenshain of Harrisonburg says the legislation would give each party the flexibility to set the rules of participation for each nominating cycle.

Should a voter choose not to register with a particular party, they could register as an independent.

Bills Aim to Tighten Regulations for Daycares Following Midlothian Fire Death

Over 20 bills have been introduced this session to increase regulation for child-care providers following a high profile incident last year in which a toddler from Midlothian lost his life.

Sixty children have died in Virginia daycares over the past decade, 40 of those were in unlicensed facilities.

Virginia does not require daycare providers be licensed unless they provide care for 6 or more children. Several bills would lower that threshold to 3 or 1.

Another bill would require fingerprint background checks for those who provide childcare.

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