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 .
April 1, 2015 – Given the interest in the Martese Johnson case, I want to provide you an update of my understanding of its status. Like many of you, I was very disturbed to see the graphic photos and watch the video of this recent incident at the UVa Corner. Many of you have seen my recent statement, and have heard a number of comments I have made about prospective legislation that can remove the ABC agents from enforcing laws that more properly should be province by local law enforcement. Most of you know by now that the actions at the UVa Corner were taken by ABC agents and not by the Charlottesville or University police departments.
Since this incident, several important events have occurred:
- The Governor immediately called for an investigation and administrative review. An administrative review is conducted by the Commonwealth’s office of Professional Standards. It is my understanding that the same office and the same personnel investigated the Elizabeth Daly incident several years ago.
- Very significantly, however, the Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Charlottesville, Dave Chapman, immediately requested a criminal investigation. That request has been fully supported by the Governor’s office and will be conducted by the State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations. This is significant because it is a higher level of review than occurred in the Daly case. A Professional Standards administrative review looks at the law enforcement documents as they find them. Very little additional inquiry occurs; rather, the investigation focuses on whether the law enforcement personnel conformed to Professional Standards. A criminal investigation is a much higher level of inquiry and involves interviewing and collecting evidence from a wide variety of sources. This is significant because it is a higher level review than the Daly case, and I think it reflects the sensitivity and concern that many of us have about this incident.
- Also, unlike the Daly review, the Governor issued an executive order requiring the ABC to review its process, and authorized creation of a group that will determine what, if any, statutory changes need to be made. The Governor’s order requires retraining of ABC officers and the development of memoranda of understanding (MOU) between ABC and local police departments. So far as we know, there is presently no such MOU between the Charlottesville police department and the ABC. We know that some of the Charlottesville police officers knew that the ABC agents were working the Corner that night, but it was an informal notification and one that I do not believe went to the leadership of the police department. The Charlottesville police department does not have “veto power” on whether the ABC can conduct an investigation, and that is certainly one of the issues that would need to be defined in any MOU. Secretary of Public Safety, Brian Moran, is in the process of determining who will be on the review board. There are many persons who have interest in this and it will be a statewide panel. I expect that there will be student representation from UVa on the panel, but we will have to see.
- I understand that the restaurant involved in this incident has a hearing forthcoming for alleged violations of ABC regulations. That is something worth monitoring.
- There has been a suggestion that ABC agents be equipped with body cameras. That is an issue that is being discussed by the Commonwealth Preparedness Panel, who will likely report out in the next six months.
- Martese Johnson appeared in the Charlottesville General District Court on March 26, 2015. This was a “first appearance” and usually nothing happens on those court dates. It is not uncommon for a trial date to be set the way it was in this case. The trial date has now been set for May 28, 2015, to enable the State Police to complete their criminal investigation in this case. I doubt that any decisions will be made about prosecuting the case until the investigation has been completed.
I have heard many calls to immediately dismiss the charges against Mr. Johnson. While this certainly seems reasonable given what many of us have seen, it is not likely that any decisions will occur in this case until the criminal investigation has been concluded. It is very important for eyewitnesses to come forward with any information that they saw that night or to provide names of people with whom they have come into contact that might have information related to this incident. If they have such information, they can call the Virginia State Police at 804-674-2000.
I will try to keep constituents informed about other developments as they become available to me.
P.S. In 2014, I introduced HB 922, a bill to prevent ABC agents from using or threatening to use deadly force in the arrest or detention of a person suspected of underage drinking. The bill was tabled on a voice vote by the Committee on General Laws. I expect to introduce legislation this year to again address problems with the ABC.
On March 20, 2015 I was on CNN to talk about the ABC situation and steps the General Assembly should consider to ensure these situations do not happen again.