With the decision in King v. Burwell, the Supreme Court has further confirmed the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and allowed to stand the subsidies that have been provided to thousands of Virginians who have signed up for insurance on the federal ACA marketplace. I am very happy for the 286,000 Virginians who would otherwise have lost reasonably-priced insurance and for the many Americans who continue to benefit from provisions of the ACA. In Virginia, though, there is much work that needs to be done. Almost 400,000 of our friends and neighbors would benefit by state expansion of Medicaid. If we expanded, we would also bring Virginians’ tax dollars back to the Commonwealth, where they could be used to create jobs, insure people, and help our hospitals rather than have them sent to places like Connecticut and New York to fund their own expansions. In the next session, we will try again to expand Medicaid. I hope my Republican colleagues will finally conclude it is a good deal for the Commonwealth and their constituents.
CHARLOTTESVILLE – Delegate David J. Toscano announced today that he will seek a sixth term to represent the 57th District in Virginia’s House of Delegates. In a letter to supporters announcing his reelection, Toscano commented on his efforts to represent the values important to the constituents of the district, noting that this seat is a successor seat to the one once held by Thomas Jefferson:
I have often heard it said that “Decisions are made by those in the room at the time.”
Your support has allowed me to be “in the room” at the General Assembly for the last ten years. For the last four of those, my position as House Democratic Leader has allowed me the access to fight even more strongly for a progressive agenda to improve our Commonwealth.
During this time, I have been supporting the values of this community, including enhanced funding for education at all levels, initiatives that create jobs and spread economic opportunity throughout the Commonwealth, measures to expand the use of renewable energy and combat the dangers of climate change, efforts to expand Medicaid and to provide access to 400,000 Virginians who do not presently have healthcare coverage, and struggles to protecting the rights of women seeking control of their reproductive healthcare. You can review my record at davidtoscano.com.
I would like a chance to continue this work, and today am announcing my decision to seek another term as your Delegate in the 57th House District. As many of you know, this is the successor seat to the one once held by Thomas Jefferson when he served the Commonwealth in the House of Delegates and I do not take the responsibility of occupying it lightly.
I will continue to work hard to earn your support and vote. I thank you in advance for your support and look forward to working with you in the months and years ahead.
Since 2006, David Toscano has represented the 57th District, which is compromised of the City of Charlottesville and a portion of Albemarle County. He succeeded Mitch Van Yahres who represented the district from 1981-2005. The seat is a successor seat to the one once held by Thomas Jefferson. Delegate Toscano also serves as House Democratic Leader, a position he has held since elected to by his peers in 2011. Mr. Toscano is an attorney with Buck, Toscano & Tereskerz, Ltd., and lives in Charlottesville with his wife, Nancy Tramontin and their son, Matthew.
Contact: Carmen Bingham, (434) 220-1660
Del. Toscano and Sen. Deeds to co-host constituent town halls to share insights from the 2015 General Assembly
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA — Delegate David Toscano and Senator Creigh Deeds will co-host two town halls this spring to discuss the 2015 General Assembly. The first town hall will be held Tuesday, April 21stat Piedmont Virginia Community College in the auditorium located in the Main Building, Room 229. The meeting will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and there will be a question and answer period for individuals who wish to comment or ask questions. Individuals will also have the opportunity to submit written comments and questions. Visitor Parking is available in Lot 2 (overflow in Lot 3) , with entrance into the Main Building at the South Entrance.
A second town hall will be held on Tuesday, May 5 at the Northside Branch of Jefferson-Madison Regional Library in the main meeting room. For more information you may call Carmen Bingham at 434-220-1660, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or Tracy Eppard at 434-296-5491 or email email@example.com .
“I am very concerned about the events that occurred at the UVa Corner in the early morning hours of March 17, 2015. The photos are very disturbing, as are the videos that I have viewed. At this point, it is unclear why the ABC agents took this action against this young man. I fully support the independent investigation that has been initiated by the Governor and the Secretary of Public Safety. The Governor’s office has assured me that this will be conducted and concluded expeditiously.
“All of the information I have to date suggests that these were actions taken by ABC agents and not by the Charlottesville Police Department or UVa Police Department. So far as I know, Charlottesville and Albemarle officers arrived at the scene after the ABC agents made the arrest and were engaged in helping calm the crowd. I know how much attention the leadership of our Charlottesville, Albemarle, and UVa police departments pay to the civil rights of our citizens. The continued overreaction by ABC law enforcement personnel in these cases is key question that requires an answer.
“It is clear, based on the 2013 incident involving ABC actions against a student at the local Harris Teeter as well as from the recent events, that ABC policies, protocols, and training are inappropriate for dealing with these kinds of cases, and state and local leaders must take all efforts to enact reforms to protect the civil rights of our citizens as they enforce the laws of the Commonwealth.
“The young man himself has called for civility and calm, and I agree. But we must remain vigilant in gathering the facts and readdressing the legitimate concerns raised by this incident.”
Delegate David J. Toscano represents the 57th District in Virginia’s House of Delegates, which consists of the City of Charlottesville and parts of Albemarle County. Since 2012, Delegate Toscano has also served as House Democratic Leader, elected by his fellow Democratic delegate peers.
Contact: Carmen M. Bingham
Feb. 27, 2015
914 Capitol Street
Richmond, VA 23218
Delegate David Toscano (D-Charlottesville) announced today that bills designed to encourage greater reporting of sexual assault cleared the General Assembly late Friday, and are now on their way to Governor McAuliffe for his signature. Toscano had offered a reporting measure that was incorporated into HB1930. The legislation was designed after careful consideration with law enforcement officials, university staff, student advocacy groups, and sexual assault survivors, and encourages reporting by creating enhanced collaboration between Virginia’s colleges and universities and law enforcement.
“The passage of this legislation was among my top priorities for the 2015 legislative session,” said Toscano. “This measure, along with two other bills that expand Virginia’s DNA database and require notation on a student’s transcript, arose after tragic events in my district and the nationwide call to take a second look at how sexual assault cases are handled on college campuses. It requires all universities to engage with sexual assault agencies, that certain information be disseminated to all victims, and that reporting to law enforcement will be required if there is a danger to community safety.”
The DNA database bill was passed on February 26th, and expands Virginia’s DNA database to include specific misdemeanor crimes that are common predicators for serious felonies. Virginia already obtains DNA samples from individuals with felony convictions, so this bill only expands upon existing practice.
The transcript notation bill is designed to ensure campus sexual predators cannot easily move from one institution of higher education to another without the new college or university being advised of the student’s misconduct at a previous institution. This legislation specifically addresses the actions of Jesse Matthew, the individual charged in the death and disappearance of Hannah Graham, who had not revealed his history of sexual misconduct when he transferred between two Virginia universities.
Governor McAuliffe has until March 30th to take action on all three of these measures, and it is anticipated he will sign them into law.