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Wednesday, February 28, 2018 12:00 AM

Chesterfield opposes state budget amendment requiring localities to fund more prosecutors to review police body camera videos

Chesterfield County officials asked their state senator to oppose a budget amendment that would require the county to pay for more prosecutors to assist with reviewing police body camera videos. The request came as the county’s top prosecutor warned that he needs to hire more attorneys or will have to slash services in the courtroom.

The county’s request was sent to Sen. Amanda Chase, R-Chesterfield, by email on Wednesday of last week, a day before she was to vote on the Senate’s version of the budget — and the day after Commonwealth’s Attorney William Davenport hand-delivered a letter to a county judge that said his office will stop handling misdemeanor offenses in lower court because of an understaffed office and the burden of reviewing body camera footage.

“I thought it was interesting, the timing of that, given (the Richmond Times-Dispatch) article on the body cams and trying to get that language” removed from the state budget, said Chase, who called the newspaper after a story was published online Wednesday of last week about Davenport’s letter to the court. The county “wanted me to vote against that.”

But Chase said she was unwilling to do so, at least at this late stage, because the state has never mandated that localities purchase body cameras for its police officers, and therefore it’s not an unfunded state mandate, which Chase said Chesterfield officials have asserted....

Sunday, February 25, 2018 12:00 AM

Va. lawmakers' conflict-of-interest forms won't be public until they leave town

Virginia’s 140 General Assembly lawmakers, like local and many other government officials, must file an annual form that discloses their economic interests.

The form requires them to list names of immediate family members, names of businesses that employ the lawmakers and their families, and stocks the lawmakers own, among other requirements. The forms are filed with the Virginia Conflict of Interest and Ethics Advisory Council and put in an online database for anyone to view.

The deadline for lawmakers to file their new annual form was Feb 1. But there’s a glitch: The public cannot get the forms until a few days after the lawmakers are scheduled to leave Richmond, March 10, the last day of the General Assembly session.

That means that as lawmakers have been voting on bills and the budget, the public is in the blind about any businesses they have started, jobs they have taken or stocks they have purchased in the past year....

Sen. Amanda Chase, R-Chesterfield, a co-founder of the legislature’s Transparency Caucus, said a fix is needed.

“To me, it makes more sense to have these reports released before we go into session,” she said....

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 12:00 AM

Bill delays closing coal ash ponds

A state Senate committee last week approved bipartisan legislation that would prevent Dominion Energy from closing its Virginia coal ash storage ponds for the next 17 months while it seeks cost estimates for recycling the controversial material.

The Commerce and Labor Committee voted 14-0, with one abstention, to send the bill to the floor for vote. The legislation is co-sponsored by Sens. Amanda Chase, R-Chesterfield, and Scott Surovell, D-Fairfax....

Chase, who expects the measure to pass the full Senate, acknowledged it falls short of her ultimate goal: requiring the utility giant to excavate approximately 30 million tons of coal ash from unlined ponds at its Chesterfield power station and three other Virginia facilities.

“It’s the next step in the process,” she said in an interview last Thursday....


Tuesday, February 13, 2018 10:32 PM

Va. Senate OKs school zone speed cameras, a limit on suspending younger students

...The Senate also narrowly passed a bill that would allow speed cameras in Virginia school zones for the first time.

Similar cameras are common across Maryland. And they can help keep kids, parents and teachers safe, Republican Sen. Amanda Chase said.

Much like a proposal to introduce speed cameras in work zones — which the Senate had already approved — the cameras would have to be handheld and operated by a police officer.

In addition, warning signs would need to be posted that cameras are in use....

Friday, February 9, 2018 12:00 AM

Virginia Senate passes utility regulation overhaul

Despite floor speeches from lawmakers from both parties calling it a mistake, the state Senate voted 26-13 on Friday to pass the utility regulatory reform package endorsed by Gov. Ralph Northam and spearheaded by Dominion Energy, Virginia’s biggest utility.

“Let’s be honest,” said Sen. Chap Petersen, D-Fairfax City. “This bill is being written to benefit ... an industry giant.”...

Petersen, who has pushed to repeal the rate freeze bill and fought Dominion’s latest attempt to overhaul how it is regulated, was joined in floor speeches against Wagner’s bill by Sens. David Suetterlein, R-Roanoke, and Amanda Chase, R-Chesterfield. Seven Republican senators and six Democrats voted against the bill....

Friday, February 9, 2018 12:00 AM

Senate passes Dominion Energy backed bill

“I think the folks in my districts would want to see those refunds, or at least show us the numbers. Where are the numbers showing how much each of our constituents is going to get?” said Republican Senator Amanda Chase of Chesterfield during a debate over the bill. “Is it $6? Is it $20? And if so, what is the cost of the grid revitalization?”...

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 12:00 AM

Megasite opponents target county EDA

As a state Senate committee convened last week in Richmond to consider legislation that would limit the autonomy of local economic development authorities, Chesterfield’s EDA board was meeting to approve another six-figure expenditure related to its controversial megasite proposal.

The timing didn’t go unnoticed by the more than 30 citizens who crowded into a conference room at the county’s economic development office last Tuesday afternoon. Each wore a white “No Megasite” sticker.

Meanwhile, a dozen members of Bermuda Advocates for Responsible Development were at the state capitol attending a meeting of the Senate Local Government committee, where five spoke in support of a bill sponsored by Sen. Amanda Chase, R-Chesterfield....

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 12:00 AM

Coal ash dispute headed for more study under bill that clears Senate committee

Dominion Energy has agreed to again pause its contentious plans to permanently close ponds that hold millions of tons of coal ash at four sites across the state under a compromise bill that cleared a Senate committee Wednesday.

The Senate Commerce and Labor Committee voted to send to the floor legislation by Sens. Scott Surovell, D-Fairfax, and Amanda Chase, R-Chesterfield, that will direct Dominion to put out a request for proposals for recycling the ash; continue the existing moratorium that prevents the state from issuing permits to close the ponds until July 1, 2019; and allows Dominion to close six ponds that have already had ash removed. A legislative study is also planned....

Thursday, February 1, 2018 4:01 AM

Va. kills bills on moving Confederate statues, renaming highways

Proposals to allow local Virginia governments to move Confederate statues or memorials or to rename highways died in two separate committees Wednesday.

In the House, a Counties, Cities and Towns subcommittee voted 6 – 2 — with one Democratic vote from Del. Steve Heretick of Portsmouth — to effectively kill bills that would have permitted local governments to move Confederate monuments....

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 12:00 AM

Chesterfield megasite proposal triggers EDA scrutiny from state senator

Plans by Chesterfield County’s Economic Development Authority to create an industrial megasite in the county has prompted calls by a state senator to eliminate the authorities altogether.

Sen. Amanda Chase, R-Chesterfield, proposed a bill that would require local government approval of all EDA expenditures. She described her proposal as a consensus bill since she originally wanted legislation that eliminated EDAs.

“Bureaucrats who are not elected by the people should not be allowed to dole out taxpayer money,” she said. After the meeting, she added: “I’m tired of elected officials abdicating their responsibility so bureaucrats can do their dirty work.”....

Thursday, January 25, 2018 12:52 PM

#EndAlz License Plate to become a reality in Virginia

A license plate to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s Disease is now a reality in Virginia.

On Wednesday, the Senate Transportation Committee approved SB701, which was sponsored by State Senator Amanda Chase (R) of Amelia County. It now goes to the full Virginia Senate and House of Delegates for a signature and to Governor Ralph Northam (D) in July.

“I am over the moon and thankful to Amanda Chase and the Transportation Committee for unanimously voting to pass SB701,” says Katy Reed of Louisa County....

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 12:00 AM

Amid megasite concern, bill challenges role of economic development authorities

Members of the Chesterfield Economic Development Authority are accustomed to conducting business in relative anonymity. But when they convened for their first meeting of the year last Thursday, they encountered an audience of keenly interested citizens.

When Chairman Art Heinz gaveled the meeting to order shortly after 3 p.m., there wasn’t an empty seat to be found in the conference room at the county’s economic development offices at the intersection of state Route 10 and Courthouse Road.

Assembled around a square table were Garrett Hart, the county’s economic development director; Heinz; and six other local business leaders who make up the EDA board. Seated in armchairs around the room’s perimeter, 12 members of the Chester-based citizen group Bermuda Advocates for Responsible Development listened intently as Heinz led the board through its brief meeting agenda....

Thursday, January 18, 2018 12:00 AM

Some good bills the General Assembly has already killed

Every now and then, a Virginia delegate or senator proposes legislation that’s honest, sincere, and makes perfect sense. Sometimes those bills close silly loopholes or resolve strange inconsistencies. Occasionally, they cure glaring ills or prevent highway robbery.

And as often as not, such efforts suffer a quick death in Richmond. The 2018 General Assembly is barely a week old, and already we have evidence of that....

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 12:00 AM

Senate Republicans stop bill to give localities the power to move Confederate monuments

Senate Republicans indicated this week that they aren’t going to let localities in Virginia decide whether they want to move or take down Confederate monuments.

House Democratic Leader David Toscano of Charlottesville has filed a bill to allow localities to have control, following the white supremacist violence in his city in August that stemmed from a rally around the city’s public monument to Robert E. Lee.

Senate Republicans on the Local Government Committee this week rejected, on a party-line vote, a similar bill from Sen. Jennifer Wexton, D-Loudoun....

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 12:00 AM

Sen. Chase: Coal ash should be excavated

State Sen. Amanda Chase, R-Chesterfield, has introduced legislation that would require Dominion Energy to remove more than 25 million tons of coal ash from unlined storage ponds at its Virginia power stations.

Chase submitted the bill late last week, just before the 5 p.m. Friday filing deadline for the 2018 General Assembly session, which begins Jan. 10. Her bill specifies that any coal ash stored in an unlined pond that is located within a half-mile of a floodplain or river must be excavated and disposed of by another means.

“I just can’t in good conscience leave coal ash in the ground,” Chase said during an interview last week. “When it comes to people’s lives, we need to err on the side of caution.”...

Friday, January 5, 2018 12:00 AM

Virginia to broadcast and archive General Assembly committee hearings for the first time

The commonwealth is making a significant move this year to livestream and archive committee hearings of the General Assembly, which open government advocates have been pushing for years.

The videos will begin Wednesday on the opening day of the General Assembly session. Last year, a majority of lawmakers signed a letter to Senate Clerk Susan Clarke Schaar and House Clerk G. Paul Nardo asking for broadcasting of committee hearings in the Pocahontas Building, where lawmakers are working for four years while a new General Assembly building is constructed....

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 12:00 AM

Reconvene - Veto Session 2017 Update

Dear Friends,

We reconvened on a beautiful April day in Richmond for the Governor's veto session, where we reviewed the Governor's vetoes and amendments to legislation passed in 2017. Of the 880 bills sent to the Governor for approval, the Governor vetoed 40 and made 83 amendment recommendations. 

One of the bills the Governor chose to veto was my absentee ballot bill, requiring an ID in order to request an application.  SB 872, which passed both houses during this past session. It's imperative that we close this loophole that provides a potential for voter fraud. Although we were unable to overturn the Governor's veto, I plan to introduce this bill again. 

I am happy to say that the Governor reinstated the original intent via amendments for SB 1398, which addresses the closures of the utility coal ash ponds. For the past year, I have worked with Dominion, constituents and the James River Association to monitor proper clean close of several of its ponds. The one thing that I asked for was the cost associated with each clean close option......

Thursday, March 30, 2017 12:00 AM

Amid partisan gridlock, Sen. Amanda Chase makes her own path

It’s early March, and state Sen. Amanda Chase is sitting in a cramped radio booth at the studios for WNTW AM 820 in Chester.

Clad in a teal blazer, Chase is prepping for a show that will recap her recent legislative session, including a discussion of the coal ash bill she co-sponsored. Soon it’s 4 o’clock, and the intro music for Chase’s show begins to play.

“Good afternoon, and welcome to ‘Cut to the Chase with Sen. Chase,’” she says into the microphone. “If you have a question about today’s topic, I invite you to call in.”....

Saturday, March 11, 2017 12:00 AM

Evidence 'very clear' that Chesterfield coal-ash ponds are leaking, groups say

Sens. Scott A. Surovell, D-Fairfax, and Amanda F. Chase, R-Chesterfield, pushed a bill that would have required more study and evaluations of alternative proposals before Dominion is allowed to close 11 ponds at four sites. The utility has proposed to do that largely by draining, treating and discharging the water in the ponds, then covering the ash with a synthetic liner and layer of turf...

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 12:00 AM

Sen. Chase asks governor for help with coal ash

On the penultimate day of the 2017 General Assembly session last week, Sen. Amanda Chase, R-Chesterfield, contacted Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s staff and requested that the governor attach an amendment to a Senate bill she co-sponsored with Sen. Scott Surovell, D-Fairfax...

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 11:39 AM

2017 Legislative Session Update - Week 7

The 2017 Legislative Session came to a close this past Saturday in what is formally known as Sine Die.   Despite this being a "short" 46-day session, I'm pleased to report that much was accomplished, as you will see in this final weekly recap...

Monday, February 27, 2017 12:00 AM

Majority of Va. lawmakers request video of committee hearings

The 85 lawmakers who want the state to do that signed on behalf of the bipartisan Transparency Caucus, created in 2016 by Del. Mark H. Levine, D-Alexandria, and Sen. Amanda F. Chase, R-Chesterfield. That followed a report from a group of organizations called Transparency Virginia, which did business before the legislature, decrying the lack of recorded votes in committee and subcommittee hearings...

Monday, February 20, 2017 4:26 PM

Small businesses may get break on tax penalties

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...

Friday, February 17, 2017 1:53 PM

2017 Legislative Session Update - Week 6

We are approaching our final week of session, and it has been quite a whirlwind. We've heard thousands of bills, and have received almost a thousand visitors from the district and around the state...

Friday, February 17, 2017 11:47 AM

Senator Chase speaks with VCTA Cable Reports with a session update

Thursday, February 16, 2017 8:14 AM

Virginia House of Delegates committee defangs coal ash bill

Though she said both DEQ and Dominion have been “great to work with,” Chase noted that two different groups — a Duke University team and the James River Association — have identified leaking from the Chesterfield Power Station’s ash ponds in the past year, results that don’t square with the DEQ’s findings.
“There’s discrepancies there,” Chase said. “I feel like we owe it to the constituents to make sure, before we cap and seal this in place, that we’ve done a proper evaluation that’s timely.”...

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 8:13 AM

GOP’s Chase takes aim at Dominion

State Sen. Amanda Chase assured constituents last year that even though she had accepted campaign contributions from Dominion Virginia Power, she wouldn’t hesitate to oppose the utility giant in the General Assembly.
The first-term Chesterfield legislator is living up to that pledge...

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 9:05 AM

Coal ash bill clears House subcommittee, though not unscathed

Sen. Amanda F. Chase, R-Chesterfield, signed on as a co-patron before the Senate vote. Chase also backed legislation introduced last year by Surovell that would have required utilities to excavate the coal ash and store it in modern, lined landfills rather than the “cap-in-place” plan Dominion favors.
Chase said she signed on to the Democrat’s legislation again this year because of what she said was a lack of information about the costs of excavating the ash vs. allowing it to sit for decades in a floodplain...

Friday, February 10, 2017 1:17 PM

2017 Legislative Session Update - Week 5

Dear Friends,

The fifth week of the 2017 Legislative Session has come to a close! We have officially crossed over, when all bills that have made it through their house of origin have crossed over to the other body to be heard.  The House sent 586 bills to the Senate and we sent 468 to the House. Yesterday, both the House and Senate dedicated time addressing the budget. The House and Senate versions of amendments to the 2016-2018 budget must be merged into a single bill on which both sides can reach agreement...

Monday, February 6, 2017 12:00 AM

Va. house backs bill requiring parents be notified of sexually explicit materials

Sen. Amanda F. Chase, R-Chesterfield, said that existing system isn’t working.
“Parents know our kids best; that’s what it comes down to,” she said Monday. “So the problem that we have right now is that by the time that the parents find out, it’s already too late. A lot of the titles that are out there, you can’t really tell if they have sexually explicit materials.”

Friday, February 3, 2017 2:49 PM

2017 Legislative Session Update - Week 4

Dear Friends,

The fourth week of the 2017 Legislative Session has come to a close! It is nearly crossover, when all bills that have made it through their house of origin will cross over to the other body to be heard, if they haven't already done so. With approximately 2,500 pieces of legislation to be heard, the committees have been incredibly busy! Next Thursday, we will dedicate time to addressing the budget...

Friday, January 27, 2017 4:29 PM

2017 Legislative Session Update - Week 3

Dear Friends,

The third week of the 2017 Legislative Session has come to a close. We've addressed quite a few of the over 2,000 bills and resolutions that are before us to consider. I've included various lists to help you navigate through all the information pertaining to session. 

The Constitution of Virginia places the responsibility of approving a budget with the General Assembly every two years. Even though this is a non-budget year, we are focused on amending a two-year budget that was put into place during the 2016 session.....

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 12:00 PM

Not this year - proposed state and local tax reforms headed for study

"Chase was undeterred. “We need to look at reforming this, so we’re helping small businesses rather than hurting them,” she said."

Friday, January 20, 2017 3:52 PM

2017 Legislative Session Update - Week 2

Dear Friends,

The second week of the 2017 Legislative Session has come to a close. With over 2,000 bills and resolutions to consider, we are working hard! I've included various lists to help you navigate through all the information pertaining to session. 

We're reviewing a lot of reform legislation - election reform, tax reform, education reform, and regulatory reform. I am working on bills that fall within each of the categories, and will keep you updated on the status of each of them.

I am very excited about the Regulatory Management and Red Tape Reduction Commission, SB1449, that I've introduced in the Senate....

Saturday, January 14, 2017 9:36 AM

2017 Legislative Session Update - Week 1

Dear Friends,

The first week of the Virginia General Assembly 2017 Legislative Session has come to a close. We've had a packed, productive week!  We began our first day at the Commonwealth Prayer Breakfast, connecting with friends and colleagues across Virginia, turning our eyes toward God as we strive to work together toward worthy, common goals. The Senate Republican Caucus also welcomed our newest member, Senator Mark Peake. Finally, we ended the day with the Governor's State of the Commonwealth Address. A great start to session!

Thursday, January 12, 2017 3:25 PM

State lawmakers to take on how Electoral College votes are allocated

Senator Chase was interviewed by NBC12 to discuss her bill that would reform the way Virginia allocates its presidential electoral votes.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 12:42 PM

2017 Legislative Session Update - Day 1

Today the Virginia General Assembly convenes in Richmond for the 2017 Legislative Session! 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 3:24 PM

Virginia Tea Party Patriots Federation State Senate Legislative Scorecard 2016

Senator Chase was awarded the highest score of any of Virginia's Senators by the Virginia Tea Party Federation.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 12:00 AM

Election Night Panel on CBS6 featuring Senator Chase

Follow along with our experienced team of journalists: Bill Fitzgerald, Candace Burns, Cheryl Miller, Rob Desir, Mark Holmberg, and CBS 6 Political Analyst Dr. Bob Holsworth.
Additionally, a diverse panel will be on hand to share their views and discuss the results.
The panel includes Virginia Del. Jennifer McClellan (D), political and communications consultant Tucker Martin, Virginia Sen. Amanda Chase (R), and Patrick Auld, who was elected as a Bernie Sanders Delegate from Virginia.

Friday, October 21, 2016 5:00 PM

VA registrars concerned some voter names won't make Election Day books (interview with Senator Chase)

"State computer systems that haven’t proven to be consistently reliable, coupled with mass numbers of provisional ballot envelopes, have some officials fearing state election heads are anticipating sizable problems on Election Day. State Senator Amanda Chase said during a legislative hearing last week registrars across Virginia voiced aggravation over a slow state computer system used to process new voters.
"We heard registrar after registrar after registrar bring to our attention a number of issues, one of those being the IT system," said Senator Chase...
Senator Chase is calling for deputy Commonwealth's Attorneys in her district, which includes much of Chesterfield, to be on hand at all polling sites.
"If we have a citizen who has a particular issue, saying, ‘Hey, I thought I registered to vote. My name's not on there,’” said Senator Chase, “There's a procedure in place, and we have legal counsel on site, on election day, to address these issues.”"

Friday, October 21, 2016 4:27 PM

Senator Chase's statement regarding voter registration issues

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - September 21, 2016
Chesterfield, VA

“I have heard from Chesterfield registrar, Larry Haake, numerous times, as well as the Vice Chair of the State Board of Elections, that this governor’s administration has made grave errors regarding the process of voter registration during this critical presidential election year. Against the better judgement, wisdom and experience of our registrars, IT systems were brought in-house into the Department of Elections, after which registrars have experienced severe slowdowns and glitches, and this past Monday, system failures, which apparently prevented citizens from registering to vote by the deadline.
The legislature has no role in the conduct of the elections; it is entirely incumbent upon the executive branch to ensure we have a smooth registration and election process. Unfortunately, this administration has had a less-than-collaborative relationship with our hardworking registrars.
Governor McAuliffe chose to score political points by pushing through mass felon rights restoration without coordinating with our registrars in what would be a time-consuming process in an already-busy-year. In fact, this group of potential voters was the only demographic that was mailed a postage-paid voter registration form by the Commonwealth of Virginia, which is experiencing a budget shortfall.
Republicans called for a joint Privileges and Elections Committee meeting last Thursday to give registrars from around the Commonwealth an opportunity to be heard. Our hope was to find immediate solutions for the short-term concerns. Testimony after testimony during the 5-hour meeting revealed the persistent and prevalent malfunction of the registration process in the Commonwealth. Without a doubt, the legislature will consider further action when we convene for the 2017 session.
I want to thank our registrars for the extra time and dedication they are committing to ensure this process goes as smoothly as possible under the current circumstances.”

Senator Amanda Chase represents Virginia’s 11th Senatorial District, which includes: parts of Chesterfield County, Colonial Heights, and Amelia County. Senator Chase serves on the following committees: Senate Health and Education, Transportation, Local Governments, and Privileges and Elections.
For more information, or to schedule an interview, please contact (804)698-7511 or
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Thursday, October 13, 2016 12:00 AM

Senator takes on claims of voter registration fraud

Following the release of a report by a third-party watchdog group that claims more than 1,000 non-citizens have illegally registered to vote in this year’s election, Republicans in the General Assembly plan to discuss the matter during a special Senate committee meeting on Oct. 13.

State Sen. Jill Vogel (R-Fauquier), chair of the Senate’s Privileges and Elections committee, noted last week during a guest spot on state Sen. Amanda Chase’s weekly radio show that committee members will “listen to testimony and figure out what we can do in the near term to address this.”

Chase was elected last year to represent the 11th District, which includes part of Chesterfield, Colonial Heights and Amelia. One of her committee assignments is Privileges and Elections – meaning she’ll be in the thick of the discussion about voter registration fraud and protecting the integrity of the upcoming election.

“We’re taking this very seriously,” Chase said. “We need to get to the bottom of the issue and find out what’s true and what’s not.”

Thursday, September 22, 2016 12:00 AM

State board approves coal-ash wastewater permit for Chesterfield Power Station over objections of environmental groups

"State Sen. Amanda F. Chase, R-Chesterfield, said in a statement that she had heard concerns from her constituents about the coal ash pond closure process, taken tours of the station, and met with environmental groups and the state DEQ.

She said the DEQ has done its “due diligence” in reviewing and considering public comments and has “acted within the powers currently granted to them.”

However, she also called on DEQ to “accelerate the studies and testing regarding thermal variance during discharge for this permitting cycle to ensure there isn’t any negative impact to public safety.”

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 12:00 AM

School system reaches verdict on book controversy

After months of debate, the summer reading list controversy has seemingly ended where it began: In the future, the school system may release a list that includes books recommended by other organizations.
Since June, parents, librarians, national organizations and state Sen. Amanda Chase have all weighed in on how books should be chosen for inclusion on Chesterfield County Public Schools’ summer reading list. That controversy has possibly come to a close, with Superintendent James Lane and School Board attorney Wendell Roberts issuing a memo addressed to the School Board earlier this month.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 8:25 PM

Chesterfield County School Board's Book Review Committee Findings

Chesterfield County Public Schools are among the finest in the Commonwealth, and the members of the Chesterfield County School Board are to be commended for their dedication to our schools. 

Earlier this summer, a group of Chesterfield parents came to me with concerns about the recommended reading lists and the age-appropriateness of the suggested books, based not only upon the opinion of parents and specialists, but upon the recommendation of the publishers themselves. The Chesterfield Public Schools responded promptly...

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 12:00 AM

ACU Foundation Announces Ratings for the 2016 meeting of the Virginia General Assembly

ACU researches and selects a wide range of bills that reflect a member’s adherence to conservative principles, whether they be economic, social, cultural, or government integrity.  Legislators who score above 80% in each state receive awards for their commitment to conservative principles.  As President Ronald Reagan stated, “The person who agrees with you 80% of the time is an ally.”
The following Delegates and Senators will receive a 2016 ACU Ratings Award:

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 3:10 PM

School Board: Waiting for final report in book debate Library association pens letter, Sen. Chase takes to the airwaves

"...The state senator spoke at length about summer reading lists on her show “Cut to the Chase with Amanda Chase” last week, saying “concerned parents … feel there is a disconnect between the stated mission of teaching respect for others and the reading list, which are passively or actively endorsing titles which may condone or normalize violence or abusive behavior.”

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 6:08 PM

Cut to the Chase with Senator Chase - listen tomorrow!


Dear Friends,

I am excited to announce that I will be launching my weekly radio show, Cut to the Chase with Senator Chase, tomorrow, Thursday, July 28th, on WNTW The Answer AM 820! My guests, Delegate Rob Bell and attorney John Adams, and I will be addressing the Governor's recent executive order on felon rights restoration, the Supreme Court of Virginia's decision, and how it affects Virginians, especially here in the 11th Senatorial District. 

I'm looking forward to the opportunity to reach constituents through this venue, and would really appreciate hearing from you! Listen each Thursday between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m., and call in with your questions on the weekly topic. The number is (804) 454-1366, or email with questions.

If you are on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, be sure to "Like" and follow me! I will post up to the minute updates using social media, and live tweets during the show. Your feedback is essential!

As always, feel free to email or call my office with your concerns. I appreciate hearing from my constituents.

Best Regards,

Amanda Chase


Wednesday, July 13, 2016 12:00 AM

'Toxic soup': Pressure rises on Dominion, DEQ to mitigate impact of coal ash

Amanda Chase, who represents Chesterfield in the Virginia Senate, expressed concern about the unlined ponds during a recent interview and committed to finding answers to several “unresolved questions” related to Dominion’s coal ash management plans.
“Clean water is a bipartisan issue,” she said. “I’m hearing what some of my constituents are saying and trying to reconcile it with what Dominion is telling me, but I haven’t come to any conclusions.”

Friday, July 1, 2016 9:06 PM

Regarding CCPS Reading Lists

Regarding the Chesterfield County Public School Reading Lists:

Representing a group of about 20 parents in my district, several of my constituents approached me with concerns about the reading lists for middle and high school students in Chesterfield County Public Schools. I encouraged them to work with the School Board and the schools...I believe we should try and find solutions at the level closest to the people - which is the local level. 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 12:00 AM

Meeting with Dominion ‘positive,’ citizens say

As promised, Dominion Virginia Power officials conducted a tour of the Chesterfield power station last Thursday for a group of 12 citizens that included state Sen. Amanda Chase.
Despite their dissatisfaction with the company’s coal ash management practices, several of the people who participated in the tour agreed that the atmosphere was cordial and nonconfrontational.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 12:00 AM

At state senator’s request, Dominion welcomes critics

The tour was arranged by state Sen. Amanda Chase (R-Chesterfield), who has emerged as one of the General Assembly’s leading Republican voices in an ongoing discussion about Dominion’s controversial coal ash storage ponds.
“My goal is to facilitate a positive working relationship and figure out what’s going on,” Chase said in an interview last week. “Let’s educate ourselves and go from there.”

Friday, April 22, 2016 12:00 AM

Denny Hamlin receives commendation from Virginia General Assembly

Sprint Cup racer Denny Hamlin received a special gift on Friday, when he was presented with a framed copy of House Joint Resolution 505 - a bill that passed in this year's Virginia General Assembly commending Hamlin on his Daytona 500 victory.Delegate Kirk Cox and Senator Amanda Chase were at RIR on Friday for the presentation. Cox noted that he was a government teacher at Manchester High, but didn't have Hamlin in one of his classes.

Sunday, March 27, 2016 7:00 PM

Senator Chase Gets Behind the Scenes Look at DMV

March 25, 2016

Senator Chase Gets Behind the Scenes Look at DMV

CHESTERFIELD– Senator Amanda Chase (R-11th) joined DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb for a detailed tour of DMV operations at the Chesterfield Customer Service Center on Johnston Willis Drive.  In a 90-minute visit, Senator Chase learned more about the expanding array of services offered by DMV and the agency’s innovative use of technology.

“As a customer, I have been on the other side of the counter,” said Senator Chase.  “It was helpful to me to see what goes on behind the scenes and spend time with the hard-working employees who do so much for the citizens of the Commonwealth.”

In addition to traditional services, such as driver’s licenses, identification cards, vehicle titles and license plates, DMV is expanding its service offerings.  In a partnership with the Department of Health Division of Vital Records, DMV issues certified copies of Virginia birth, death, marriage and divorce certificates at all 74 customer service centers and five mobile offices. 

“Many customers need these documents to complete their DMV work,” explained Commissioner Holcomb.  “If you need to show proof of your name change or U. S. citizenship but don’t have your marriage certificate or birth certificate handy, DMV can issue a copy of those certificates and continue with your DMV transaction.  It’s important to us to help you be successful getting what you need on your first visit, when possible.”

Customers can also obtain fishing and hunting licenses at all DMV offices.  E-ZPass transponders are available at select locations.

“It’s smart, responsible government to leverage DMV’s statewide footprint and combine services for the convenience for the taxpayers,” stated Senator Chase. “Constituents deserve access to efficient service in their backyard.”

Sunday, March 20, 2016 12:00 AM

For Freshman State Senator Amanda Chase, First Session was Quite an Education

Friday, February 26, 2016 6:05 PM

Legislative Update Week 7

Dear Friend,
This week, the Senate and House of Delegates both passed their versions of the 2-year state budget. The Senate version of the budget includes a 2% pay raise for teachers while not introducing any new taxes or tax rate increases. The Senate budget is $3 billion less than what Governor McAuliffe proposed and does not adopt ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion scheme. During the debate on the floor, I spoke against and voted “no” on economic development incentive payments, which allow the government to pick winners and losers in the marketplace. I don’t believe we should use taxpayer dollars to fund corporate welfare. Instead we should look at eliminating the corporate income tax, personal income tax and capital gains tax so that all businesses are treated more equitably. The Senate and House will go to conference to work out the differences in each other’s budgets next week.
Yesterday, my bill, SB 616, which was rolled in to SB 610, to restore concealed weapons permit reciprocity with other states, was signed by the Governor at a bill signing ceremony at the Governor’s Mansion. I joined members of the General Assembly, law enforcement officials and domestic violence prevention advocates in lauding the passage of this legislative package which includes protections for women who have protective orders against their partners, while also protecting our citizens’ 2nd Amendment rights.
In the Education and Health Committee, we passed out of committee by a slim margin a bill by Delegate David LaRock to provide Education Savings Accounts to parents of children with special needs. I am a co-patron of this school choice legislation, which provides funds to parents of children with special needs to pay for tuition, transportation and other educational expenses. The bill will now be considered by the Senate Finance Committee.
After several days of very bumpy rides into work due to the potholes on the Powhite Parkway, I contacted VDOT this week to see what was being done about them. Here’s what I found out: 1) VDOT tried to fix them with a “cold patch” but that is coming apart 2) this week, they are patching with “aqua fault” (which is a product made in Charlottesville, VA) and 3) the longer term plan is to strip down to the concrete and put on a new layer of asphalt. VDOT already has a contract to do this, but it cannot be done until the weather is consistently above 40 degrees, and there is an issue with materials as most asphalt plants are closed for the winter. There is one asphalt plant that is opening this week for VDOT to move forward with addressing these potholes. Thank you VDOT for working to give us all a smoother ride to work very soon!
Finally, on Friday, I had the honor of introducing Savannah Lane, who is Miss Virginia 2015, on the Senate floor for her to receive a commending resolution that was passed by both the Senate and the House of Delegates. Savannah is a Midlothian resident and a student at the University of Virginia, and has a platform called POP, the Power of Performance. I am looking forward to serving with her on some upcoming service projects and love that she wants to run for Congress some day!
As we enter the final two weeks of session, I encourage you to contact me at 698-7511 to share your thoughts or concerns about legislation.
Best regards,

Monday, February 22, 2016 7:30 AM

Legislative Update: Week 6

Dear Friend,

This week at the General Assembly, we passed the crossover deadline, which is when a bill must have been passed by the House or Senate or else it is dead for the year.  Now, the work of the Senate is focused on House bills and the budget.

One of my bills, SB 677, which allows localities to decide if they will charge a fee for concealed weapons permits, passed the Senate by a vote of 32-8.  The bill now moves to the House for consideration.

In the Education and Health Committee this week, we considered legislation that would give local school boards the ability to decide on their own school calendar, as opposed to current state law which requires that schools start on the day after Labor Day.  After speaking to many of my constituents via Facebook, the consensus was that they would like schools to have local control, but also that they liked school starting after Labor Day.  I voted in favor of allowing this flexibility, but ultimately the bill failed on a vote of 9-6.

I was pleased to speak with over 50 members of the Virginia Association of Realtors this week about their legislative priorities.  I also met with constituents who are attending Virginia Military Institute.  I encourage you to come and visit our office during these final weeks of the legislative session if you find yourself in downtown Richmond. 

Best regards,  
Senator Amanda Chase        

Friday, February 12, 2016 8:44 PM

Legislative Update: Week 5

Dear Friend,

This week at the General Assembly, the Senate worked many hours in committee and in session to consider bills in preparation for the crossover deadline next week, when bills must have passed one body or are considered dead for the year.
I testified on one of my bills in the Senate Finance Committee this week. The bill, SB677, provides localities the flexibility to decide if they will charge a processing fee when they issue concealed handgun permits. I am pleased to report that the bill was favorably reported out of committee and will head to the Senate floor next week. I have posted a video of the committee’s consideration of my bill on my Facebook page.
I enjoyed speaking to a couple groups of students this week, including students from our Governor’s Schools, a Government class from Manchester High School, and students participating in the TeenPact program.
This week, the Senate also passed SB 549, a bill to reform proffers. The proffer system was developed by localities as a way of paying for the impacts and new services necessary when a new development adds people to a community. This is a complicated issue because home builders are job creators who contribute to the county’s economic development and we don’t want them unnecessarily taxed; however, their developments cause impacts to community roads and services. Removing this source of revenue for the county would likely adversely affect property tax rates for county residents.
When this bill was considered by the Local Government Committee, on which I serve, I specifically asked how this legislation would affect local taxpayers; in other words, would it cause property tax rates to increase to make up for the loss in revenue? Unfortunately, no one could answer my question. Ultimately, I voted against the bill in committee because I believed it was on a fast track to passage as it enjoyed bipartisan support from senior leaders in both parties. I wanted to slow down this process because I thought it warranted more discussion and believed that we needed to ensure that all of the players were at the table to participate in the conversation.
Between committee passage and the Senate floor, the two sides met and found several areas of agreement. The language prohibiting the county from negotiating with developers on architectural aspects of a development was removed from the bill. The language stating that an impact must be “uniquely” attributable to development was also removed from the bill. Finally, the language encouraging developers to seek compensatory damages against the county was changed. When I heard that both sides had accepted these changes, I voted in favor of the bill when it came to the floor. I am hopeful that counties will continue to meet with local developers to address the impacts of growth effectively.
I truly appreciate your phone calls, emails and letters letting me know your thoughts about legislation. Please continue to contact my office as we enter the second half of the legislative session at 698-7511 or email me at
Best regards,
Senator Amanda Chase

State Senator
11th District of Virginia

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 8:47 AM

Legislative Update Week 4

Dear Friend,

        This week at the General Assembly, the Senate passed important legislation on gun rights and school choice.  The Senate passed SB616 which restores and enhances concealed weapons permit reciprocity with other states that was taken away by the Attorney General in December.  I am proud to be a chief co-patron of this bill, which ensures that our citizens can protect themselves wherever they are and not worry about the validity of their permits when they cross state lines.  The Senate also passed the Tebow Bill, which allows children who are homeschooled to participate in youth sports programs.  I was happy to vote in favor of both of these bills.

This Monday, the Senate welcomed the press back onto the Senate floor, where members of the media are once again sitting at desks in between Senators and the front dais.  I worked behind the scenes with members of the Republican Caucus to restore the media this vantage point, which allows them direct access to Senators and provides a unique perspective on Senate deliberations.

Also this week, I had the opportunity to meet with teachers representing public schools, private schools and members of local PTAs.  I was touched that one of my teachers from Bon Air Elementary was among those who visited my office.

In the Local Government Committee this week, we considered a bill that would reform the proffer system, currently used by some counties to offset the impacts of new development by requiring developers to pay a fee that goes towards construction of roads, utilities and public schools.  The original bill took a very aggressive stance against proffers and severely limited the ability of counties to use this tool to manage development.  I voted against the bill in committee because it went too far.  However, I am pleased to report that representatives of counties and developers have been working together to make the bill more reasonable, and it has been amended to reflect these areas of agreement.  I am hopeful that we can continue to work to improve the bill further as it makes its way to the floor.

Finally, I was thrilled to join the Senate in commending Frank Beamer, coach of Virginia Tech’s football team on Hokie Day at the State Capitol.  I was honored to meet this legend from my alma mater!

Be sure to tune in to WCVE this Sunday at 9 a.m. to see my interview on This Week in Richmond with Delegate Mark Levine, when we discuss the Virginia Transparency Caucus.  We added four new members to the caucus this week!

As always, please contact me or my staff if we can be of assistance to you in any way at 698-7511.

Best regards,

Senator Amanda Chase
11th District

Monday, January 25, 2016 2:12 PM

Legislative Update: Week 2

Dear Friend,
The work of considering bills began at a brisk pace this second week of session, and I testified on one of my bills, Senate Bill 615, before the Courts of Justice Committee on Wednesday.  This bill seeks to allow retiring local law enforcement officers to purchase their weapons at fair market value, as State Police are already permitted to do.  I'm happy to report that this legislation passed unanimously out of committee and is now headed for the Senate floor.

The other bills I have introduced include:

-SB616 - Attempts to reverse the Executive Order by the Attorney General to further restrict our gun rights.  The net effect is that Virginians who travel across state lines wont' have to worry about being thrown in jail if they choose to carry.  Reciprocity would be restored.

-SB677 - Clerks who issue gun permits no longer are required by law to charge a fee for handgun permits.  Makes it optional.

-SJ113 - Term limit bill.  A Constitutional Amendment for members of the General Assembly limiting senators to 3 four-year terms and members of the house to 6 two-year terms.

-SJ120 - To run for governor, you must live in Virginia for at least 8 years

-Campaign finance reform to ban out of state campaign contributions.  We don't need outside dollars influencing our elections.

Also this week, the Senate began the process of vetting Judge Rossie D. Alston, Jr. for the Supreme Court.  Judge Alston would replace Judge Roush, who was appointed by the Governor this past summer without Senate approval, as is required.  I support the separation of powers and for this reason, am supporting Judge Alston.

I also participated in discussions with Senate leadership this week to allow the press back onto the Senate floor during legislative proceedings.  I initially voted for this change because I was familiar with the way press are treated in the US House of Representatives, where the press is not allowed on the floor and sits in the balcony. I was unaware of the long-standing tradition of having the press on the Virginia Senate floor, sitting at desks between senators and the front of the room.  I expressed my desire to to have more discussion about these historical changes.  I am optimistic that we will be able to work out a solution on this issue.  

Earlier this week, I joined with Delegate Mark Levine (D-Alexandria) to hold a press conference announcing the formation of the Virginia Transparency Caucus. While he and I are on the opposite sides of most issues, we do agree that we need a more open and transparent government and that the efforts towards transparency need to start with us.  We have each committed to record committee and subcommittee hearings on our own bills and make them public.  These meetings are not recorded and can often be where bills are amended or even defeated.  We believe our constituents have the right to know what  happens to our bills.  I posted video of my presentation on my bill, SB 615, before the Courts of Justice Committee on my Facebook page this week.

Throughout the week, I very much enjoyed getting to meet with many of my constituents, including those from the Credit Unions and the Virginia Citizens Defense League.  I truly appreciate those who take time to come and make their voices heard at our state capitol.

Thank you for the opportunity to represent Chesterfield County, Amelia County and the City of Colonial Heights in the Virginia State Senate.  If I can be of assistance, please call my Capitol office at (804) 698-7511 or email me at 
Best regards,

Amanda Chase

State Senator
11th District of Virginia

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 12:00 AM

County’s freshmen senators take charge as session opens

Not content to sit quietly and take their marching orders from political elders, Chesterfield’s two new state senators have thrown themselves into the fray early in the 2016 General Assembly session.
“Freshmen [lawmakers] are usually encouraged to lay back in their first year, but I’m only here for four years. Why am going to waste one?” said Sen. Amanda Chase, who made her presence felt at the Capitol last week by tackling the hot-button issue of gun control – and, in the process, putting both Virginia’s governor and attorney general in the crosshairs.
Chase introduced a bill that would require the commonwealth to honor concealed handgun permits issued by all U.S. states and territories, provided that the permit holder carries a government-issued photo ID and displays it on demand to a law-enforcement officer.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 8:00 AM

Transparency Caucus Urges Open Government

Monday, January 18, 2016 12:00 AM

New lawmakers Amanda Chase, Mark Levine create Transparency Caucus

I will be holding a press conference on Monday afternoon at 4pm to announce the formation of the Transparency Caucus. The meeting will be
held in the House Briefing Room located on the first floor of the General Assembly Building adjacent to House room C.

Friday, January 15, 2016 9:54 PM

First Week of Session Update

Dear Friend,
I wanted to update you after having just completed the first week of the 2016 Legislative Session.  On Wednesday, I was officially sworn in as a member of the Virginia State Senate as my family and friends looked on.  That day I was also assigned to serve on four committees in the Senate.  I am now a member of the Senate Committees on Transportation, Education and Health, Local Government and Privileges and Elections.

Each of these committees has jurisdiction over issues that are important to you, my constituents.  On the Transportation Committee, I am excited to work on improving our roads, railways, airports and seaports and finding new ways to address traffic congestion.   On the Education and Health Committee, I am looking forward to providing more education choices for parents and children and finding better ways to deliver health care to our citizens.  On the Local Government Committee, I am pleased that I will be able work with local elected officials to address issues that affect our towns, cities and counties.  Finally, on the Privileges and Elections Committee, I will be able to use my experience working on 23 different campaigns to help improve election law.  This coming week, each of these committees will begin considering legislation. 

I thank you for the opportunity to represent Chesterfield County, Amelia County and the City of Colonial Heights in the Virginia State Senate.  If I can be of assistance, please call my Capitol office at (804) 698-7511 or email me at 
Warm regards,

Amanda Chase

State Senator
11th District of Virginia

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 6:45 PM

Richmond-area legislators draw plum committee assignments

Sunday, October 25, 2015 12:00 AM

Richmond Times Dispatch Endorses Chase for 11th Disrict Senate Seat

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 12:00 AM

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Sunday, October 11, 2015 12:00 AM

Chase Vies for 11th District Senate Seat This November

Thursday, September 24, 2015 12:00 AM

Richmond Realtors (RPAC) Endorses Amanda Chase for Senate in the 11th District

Thursday, September 24, 2015 12:00 AM

Amanda Chase's Race Featured on RPV Faces of the RPV

Friday, August 21, 2015 12:00 AM

Virginia Farm Bureau Federation AgPAC Endorses Chase for Senate!

Sunday, June 7, 2015 12:00 AM

Richmond Times Dispatch Op-Ed on Amanda Chase: Learn More about Amanda's Background and Beliefs

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 12:00 AM

Virginia Right! Endorses Amanda Chase for State Senate in the 11th District

Sunday, May 31, 2015 12:00 AM

Richmond Times Dispatch Endorses Amanda Chase for State Senate

Sunday, May 24, 2015 12:00 AM

Incumbent Sen. Stephen Martin faces two challengers in 11th District Race

Friday, May 22, 2015 12:00 AM

The Chesterfield Tea Party Membership Has Decided Its Time for Steve Martin to Go and Have Voted for Amanda Chase for the State Senate of Virginia in

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 12:00 AM

When Republicans Lie. The Virginia Liberty Party Endorses Amanda Chase for Senate

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 12:00 AM

The National Tea Party group The Tea Party Nation endorses Amanda Chase for Senate

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 12:00 AM

The Race is On

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 12:00 AM

Chase In the Race: Republican Operative to Challange Martin

Monday, December 8, 2014 10:34 PM

John L. Brownlee endorses Amanda Chase for Virginia Senate

John L. Brownlee endorses Amanda Chase for Virginia Senate.  Brownlee was a former U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia and former Republican Candidate for Attorney General.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 3:33 PM

Former State Senator Pat Hale endorses Amanda Chase for Virginia Senate

Monday, September 29, 2014 3:08 PM

We are pleased to announce that Allen & Linda Crostic with Allen Crostic Realty Inc are endorsing Amanda for State Senate

Friday, August 8, 2014 2:06 PM

John Childrey, Chesterfield's Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney endorses Amanda Chase for Virginia State Senate

Friday, August 8, 2014 2:02 PM

Former Richmond Tea Party Executive Director Larry Nordvig endorses Amanda Chase for Virginia Senate.

Monday, August 4, 2014 8:00 PM

Former Chesterfield County School Board member Omarh Rajah endorses Amanda for Senate

Monday, August 4, 2014 7:47 PM

Tom White of Virginia Right; I'm Supporting Amanda Chase for Virginia Senate

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 12:00 AM

Grocery Store owner Tom Leonard endorses Amanda Chase for Virginia Senate

Friday, July 11, 2014 7:57 PM

Amanda receives endorsement from Chesterfield Commonwealth's Attorney, the Honorable Billy Davenport.

Thursday, July 10, 2014 7:59 PM

Amanda files paperwork with the State Board of Elections and the Chesterfield County Registrar's office to run for the 11th Senatorial Dis

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