Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington)

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31: Arlington County (Part), Fairfax County (Part), Loudoun County (Part) [map]
Took Office
January 2012
Next Election
November 2019
Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources, Local Government, Rehabilitation and Social Services, Rules, Transportation
Copatroning Habits
77% of bills she copatroned were introduced by Democrats. Of all of the copatrons of her bills, 80% of them are Democrats. Of all of the copatrons of all of the bills that she also copatroned, 61% of them are Democrats.
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Bills Passed
23.1% in 2019
Recent Mentions in the Media

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September 30, 2020 | 3:00 am

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September 24, 2020 | 3:00 am

Virginia Mercury: Va. Senate panel votes to keep public hearing rules for Confederate statue removals

September 22, 2020 | 3:00 am

Henrico Citizen: Virginia Senate takes action on several social justice, pandemic-related bills

September 17, 2020 | 3:00 am

These are all of the video clips of Barbara Favola’s remarks on the floor of the Senate since 2012. There are 128 video clips in all.


  • SB94: Virginia Energy Plan; climate change pressing challenge.
  • SB95: Health insurance; coverage for essential health benefits, preventive services.
  • SB104: Vaccinations and immunizations; certain minors given authority to consent.
  • SB105: Best interests of the child; history of child abuse and acts of violence, etc.
  • SB115: Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act; certain notices of termination.
  • SB116: Death penalty; severe mental illness.
  • SB117: Family day homes; licensure threshold.
  • SB155: TANF; eligibility for drug-related felonies.
  • SB156: Fostering Futures program; established.
  • SB167: Teachers, public school; grounds for dismissal.
  • SB172: Health insurance; definitions, payment to out-of-network providers, emergency services.
  • SB178: Kinship Guardianship Assistance program; expands eligibility, fictive kin.
  • SB179: Hate crimes; adds gender, disability, gender identity, or sexual orientation, penalty.
  • SB180: Prevailing wage; public works contracts, penalty.
  • SB181: Alcoholic beverage control; commercial lifestyle center.
  • SB187: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF); removes time limitations.
  • SB193: Single-use plastic and expanded polystyrene products; local prohibition, local tax.
  • SB212: Alcoholic beverage control; creates annual mixed beverage performing arts facility license.
  • SB213: Personal Maintenance Allowance; DMAS to establish work group to evaluate current amount.
  • SB223: Juvenile records; expungement.
  • SB248: Virginia Gun Violence Intervention and Prevention Fund; created.
  • SB249: School Divisions of Innovation; performance-based assessments.
  • SB297: Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Prevention Fund; created, report.
  • SB481: Employees; earned sick leave, civil penalties.
  • SB482: Developmental Disabilities Mortality Review Committee; created, report.
  • SB484: Local taxing authority; equalizes city and county taxing authorities.
  • SB486: Food waste; to study VDACS sources, scale, and prevention of food waste.
  • SB490: Firearms; purchase, possession, etc., following a conviction.
  • SB757: Medical Excellence Zone Program; VDH to determine feasibility of establishment.
  • SB865: Aircraft; registration, clarifies definition.
  • SB866: Virginia Human Rights Act; discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth.
  • SB933: 'Students with limited or interrupted formal education;' DOE to develop statewide definition.
  • SB934: English language learner students, certain; removal from certain calculations.
  • SB938: Circuit court clerks; fees collected for recording and indexing.
  • SB940: Circuit court clerk's fee; lodging, etc., of wills.
  • SB5037: Criminal Justices Services Board; changes membership of the Committee on Training.
  • SB5076: Public & private employers; paid sick leave to eligible employees that can be used during pandemic.
  • SJ86: Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.
  • SB790: Virginia Employment Commission; development of a plan for a paid family-medical leave program.
  • SB1058: Companion animals; care, local ordinances.
  • SB1059: Wage or salary history; inquiries prohibited, civil penalty.
  • SB1092: Preliminary protective orders; hearing dates.
  • SB1094: Family day homes; zoning permits.
  • SB1113: School calendar; local school board in No. Va. responsible for setting opening day of school year.
  • SB1124: Telemedicine; physicians licensed in contiguous jurisdictions.
  • SB1127: Local government taxing authority; equalizes municipal and county taxing authorities.
  • SB1133: Virginia Highway Corporation Act of 1988; tolls, distance-based pricing program.
  • SB1134: Support services positions; includes licensed behavior analysts, etc., in local school division.
  • SB1135: Child in foster care; child identified as having a developmental disability.
  • SB1136: Protective orders, preliminary; hearing by two-way electronic video and audio communication.
  • SB1137: Death penalty; severe mental illness.
  • SB1138: School Divisions of Innovation; performance-based assessments.
  • SB1139: Post-adoption contact & communication agreements; authority to enter into agreements.
  • SB1140: Solitary confinement; data collection and reporting, Department of Corrections to submit report.
  • SB1141: Family life education; BOE to include instruction on prevention of human trafficking.
  • SB1142: State School Health Advisory Committee; established, report.
  • SB1145: Virginia Initiative for Employment Not Welfare (VIEW); transitional child care.
  • SB1185: Health insurance; coverage for contraceptives.
  • SB1344: Health insurance; essential health benefits, preventive services.
  • SB1345: Virginia Public Procurement Act; competitive negotiation for professional services.
  • SB1373: Conditional rezoning proffers; extensive changes to conditional zoning provisions.
  • SB1375: Hate crimes; adds gender, disability, gender identity, or sexual orientation, penalty.
  • SB1376: Small businesses; parental leave tax credit.
  • SB1673: Wage; prevailing requirement for public works contracts, penalty.
  • SJ327: Commending Doorways for Women and Families.
  • SB39: Juvenile and domestic relations district court; fee for filing certain petitions.
  • SB40: Marijuana; reduced penalties for distribution or possession with intent to distribute.
  • SB41: Sick leave; use for care of immediate family members.
  • SB42: Banks; loan applicant verification.
  • SB43: Abused or neglected child; expands definition.
  • SB44: Kinship Guardianship Assistance program; established.
  • SB45: Hate crimes; disability, civil action, penalty.
  • SB46: Pedestrians; drivers yielding the right-of-way.
  • SB61: Alcoholic beverage control; creates confectionery license.
  • SB62: Security freezes; elimination of fees.
  • SB63: Firearms; control of possession, etc., by localities at lawful demonstrations and protests.
  • SB64: Custody and visitation decisions; communication to parties required in writing.
  • SB66: Assault and battery against a family member; child witness as a sentencing consideration.
  • SB67: Intake process, etc.; statements made by child to an intake officer or probation officer.
  • SB70: Custody and visitation; rights of parents with a disability.
  • SB75: Child support; interest on arrearages.
  • SB76: Teacher licensure; education preparation programs.
  • SB80: State School Health Advisory Board; established, report.
  • SB112: Hate crimes; criminal acts against persons because of gender, etc.
  • SB113: Firearms; mechanical devices designed to increase rate of fire, penalty.
  • SB117: Value engineering; raises minimum project cost.
  • SB118: Dissemination of juvenile record information; emergency medical services agency applicants.
  • SB119: Firearms; reporting when lost or stolen.
  • SB120: Virginia Institutions of Higher Education Substance Use Advisory Committee; established.
  • SB182: Child abuse or neglect; extension of hearings to review findings by local depts. of social services.
  • SB183: Child abuse and neglect; notice of founded reports to Superintendent of Public Instruction.
  • SB184: Child abuse and neglect; founded reports regarding former school employees.
  • SB185: Highways; localities may rename.
  • SB187: Zoning; violation penalties.
  • SB188: Virginia Public Procurement Act; competitive negotiation for professional services.
  • SB189: Telecommunications; Dept. of Historic Resources to convene work group to examine Sect. 106 review.
  • SB190: Substitute teachers; duration of teaching period.
  • SB191: Net energy metering; eligibility limits.
  • SB200: Local government taxing authority; equalizes municipal and county taxing authority.
  • SB201: Hospitals; regulations governing, facilities performing abortions.
  • SB203: Food stamp eligibility; drug-related felonies.
  • SB204: TANF; eligibility, person who refuses to participate in periodic drug testing, drug-related felony.
  • SB300: School calendar; opening day of school year.
  • SB301: Conflict of Interests Act, State and Local Government; school boards and school board employees.
  • SB302: School Divisions of Innovation; performance-based assessments.
  • SB732: Firearms; possession, etc., following convictions for certain misdemeanor crimes, penalty.
  • SB736: Paid family leave program; establishment of program.
  • SB748: Firearms; DCJS, et al., to develop guidance documents for petitions to restore rights.
  • SB790: Virginia Employment Commission; development of a plan for a paid family-medical leave program.
  • SB801: State correctional facilities; DOC, et al., to study patient-centered behavioral health services.
  • SB802: Death penalty; severe mental illness.
  • SB839: Resident stickers; turns in certain residential areas.
  • SB840: School meal policies; each local school board required to adopt policies.
  • SB841: Truancy; procedures relating to intervention.
  • SB843: Family life education; medically accurate information on human reproduction.
  • SJ123: Commending Paula Irene Otto.
  • SJ144: Commending the Arlington Street People's Assistance Network.
  • SJ179: Commending CNA.
  • SJ214: Commending the Lymphatic Education and Research Network.
  • SR49: Commending Adrian K. Lund, Ph.D.
  • SB546: Possession or transportation of firearms following convictions for certain misdemeanor crimes.
  • SB809: Firearms; person to report loss or theft within 24 hours.
  • SB810: Food stamp program; categorical eligibility.
  • SB811: Law-enforcement officers; de-escalation training requirement.
  • SB830: Food stamps; eligibility to receive benefits if convicted of drug-related felonies.
  • SB841: Marijuana; possession or distribution for medical purposes, affirmative defense for treatment.
  • SB847: Paid family leave; Commissioner of Labor and Industry to develop an implementation plan for program.
  • SB868: Child protective services; investigation of complaints of child abuse or neglect.
  • SB876: Kinship Guardianship Assistance program.
  • SB877: Regulations governing hospitals; facilities performing abortions.
  • SB894: Commissioner of Behavioral Health and Developmental Srvcs; reports of critical incidents or death.
  • SB932: Conveyance of utility easements; transportation.
  • SB933: DCJS training; jail officers; mental health first aid.
  • SB936: Constitutional officers; local leave benefits.
  • SB983: Children from birth to age five who are deaf, deaf-blind, or hard-of-hearing; parent resource.
  • SB1032: Comprehensive community colleges; tuition grants and fees for certain individuals.
  • SB1148: Airspace; authority to lease or convey.
  • SB1149: Virginia Initiative for Employment Not Welfare; transitional support services, time limit.
  • SB1150: Alcoholic beverage control; ABC Board to require bar bystander training.
  • SB1151: Local towing advisory board; membership.
  • SB1199: Blind parents; custody or visitation rights.
  • SB1348: Death penalty; severe mental illness.
  • SB1354: Comprehensive plan; telecommunications towers and facilities in Northern Virginia.
  • SB1437: Aging, Commonwealth Council on; duties.
  • SB1472: Workers' compensation; accident reports, filing claims, civil penalty.
  • SB1500: School Health Advisory Board; established, report.
  • SB1501: Physical evidence recovery kit; victim's right to notification of scientific analysis information.
  • SB1502: Hate crimes; adds to list of crimes that a multi-jurisdiction grand jury may investigate.
  • SB1503: Central absentee voter precincts; expedited counting of absentee ballots.
  • SB1504: Virginia Health Workforce Development Authority; career pathway.
  • SB1524: Hate crimes; criminal acts against persons because of gender, etc.
  • SJ229: Firearm registration; Va. State Crime Commission to study cost of establishing program.
  • SJ233: Noise abatement remedies; VDOT to develop procedures to measure and assess in certain neighborhoods.
  • SJ235: Celebrating the life of Lelia Baum Hopper.
  • SJ244: Commending the Sterling Volunteer Fire Company.
  • SJ245: Commending the Washington-Lee High School boys' soccer team.
  • SJ261: Commending J. Hamilton Lambert.
  • SJ262: Commending Arlington Outdoor Lab.
  • SJ267: Commending Alan Schuman.
  • SJ333: Commending Denis Kudla.
  • SJ413: Commending Ralph Mastantuono.
  • SR116: Commending Muslim Lakhani.
  • SB16: Passing stopped school buses; mailing of summons.
  • SB81: Campus sexual assault investigations; Department of Criminal Justice Services to develop curriculum.
  • SB82: Hate crimes; reporting to State Police.
  • SB83: Higher educational institutions; required agreements with law enforcement.
  • SB84: Absentee voting; postage prepaid on envelope for return of absentee ballot.
  • SB134: Fire or rescue volunteers; mental health treatment; funding by locality.
  • SB136: Electrical transmission line siting; SCC to hold hearing when requested by locality.
  • SB137: Absentee ballots; electronic transmission by general registrars.
  • SB138: Firearms dealer; local regulation, proximity to schools.
  • SB155: Cigarette taxes; increase of tax in Fairfax and Arlington Counties.
  • SB156: Concealed handgun permit; family member who resides with applicant may submit statement to court.
  • SB158: Sexual assault investigations; collection and storage of evidence.
  • SB159: Campus police departments; retention and storage of physical evidence recovery kits.
  • SB214: Firearms; Terrorist Screening Database check prior to purchase.
  • SB215: Juvenile detention homes and correctional facilities; room segregation.
  • SB323: Firearms; no person who is subject to an emergency protective order.
  • SB328: Nurse aide education programs; observational and reporting techniques to be included in curriculum.
  • SB361: Tree conservation; locality to post signs on private property that is proposed to be redeveloped.
  • SB433: Kinship Guardianship Assistance program; established.
  • SB436: Fostering Futures program; established.
  • SB546: Possession or transportation of firearms following convictions for certain misdemeanor crimes.
  • SB635: TANF eligibility; drug-related felonies.
  • SB647: Renewable energy; efficient biomass.
  • SB648: Abortion; informed written consent.
  • SB659: Standards of Quality; instructional positions.
  • SB660: Teacher dismissal; appointment of hearing officer.
  • SB661: Virginia Lottery; ticket courier services.
  • SB668: Minimum wage.
  • SJ17: Commending M. Douglas Scott.
  • SJ18: Commending Barbara Donnellan.
  • SJ19: Commending Susanne Eisner.
  • SJ73: Kinship foster care and adoptive placements; DSS to study restrictions of barrier crimes.
  • SJ95: TANF; Commission on Youth to study DSS's administration of Program.
  • SJ172: Commending Community Residences, Inc.
  • SJ176: Commending Gulf Branch Nature Center.
  • SB275: Health insurance; victims of sexual assault, cost-sharing requirement for HIV medication.
  • SB685: United States Postal Service; inspectors.
  • SB703: Designating the Trooper Jacqueline Vernon Memorial Bridge.
  • SB704: Alternative local minimum wage; establishes procedure which wage may be imposed in any locality.
  • SB705: Virginia Lottery; sale of lottery tickets over Internet.
  • SB780: Family day homes; licensure.
  • SB782: The use of seclusion and restraint in public schools; Board of Education regulations.
  • SB783: Juveniles; confidentiality of records.
  • SB799: Hate crimes; definition, reports to State Police.
  • SB802: TANF; State Board of Social Services to review annually.
  • SB803: Speed limits in school crossing zones; counties allowed to increase or decrease.
  • SB818: Family day homes; licensure by Department of Social Services.
  • SB819: TANF eligibility; drug-related felonies.
  • SB850: Comprehensive Services Act for At-Risk Youth and Families; name change.
  • SB851: Hospital discharge procedures; designation of individual to receive information and instructions.
  • SB853: Elections; assistance for qualified voter who is 75 years of age or older or person with disability.
  • SB898: Family day homes, unlicensed and unregistered; notice to DSS, background checks.
  • SB943: Firearms; possession or transportation following convictions for certain misdemeanor crimes.
  • SB944: Home health and hospice organizations; reporting requirements concerning health professionals.
  • SB946: Farm winery; licensees allowed to manufacture wine containing 21% or less of alcohol by volume.
  • SB947: Foster care; removes certain requirement of Department of Social Services.
  • SB957: Child support; court may order for disabled child over the age of 18 (Conner's Law).
  • SB967: Extended Foster Care Services and Support Program; created.
  • SB980: Public schools; teacher grievance procedures.
  • SB981: Higher educational institutions; memorandum of understanding and policies.
  • SB1236: Special diplomas; eliminates the term.
  • SB1405: Health services plans; effects of actions of other states.
  • SJ236: Auxiliary grant program; Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services to study.
  • SJ237: Virginia Homeless Solutions Program; DHCD to study $500 asset cap.
  • SJ239: Early childhood practitioner professional development; Department of Education, et al., to study.
  • SJ240: Oral health care; Joint Commission on Health Care to study older Virginians' access to care.
  • SJ241: Study; JLARC; early childhood development programs; report.
  • SJ245: Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
  • SJ270: Celebrating the life of Talmadge Theodore Williams.
  • SJ357: Commending Culpepper Garden.
  • SJ375: Commending the Arlington Street People's Assistance Network, Inc.
  • SJ376: Commending Swanson Middle School.
  • SB43: Teachers; extends deadline to request hearing after receiving notice of dismissal.
  • SB128: Juveniles; commitment to Department of Juvenile Justice, consideration of social history, report.
  • SB129: Absentee voting; persons age 65 or older on day of an election are entitled to vote absentee ballot.
  • SB132: TNAF recipients; Board of Social Services shall annually review amount of assistance paid.
  • SB134: Independent living services; individuals between 18 and 21 years of age.
  • SB161: FOIA; participation in meetings by electronic communication in event of emergency, etc.
  • SB162: License plates, special; issuance for supporters of Equality Virginia.
  • SB272: Juvenile Justice, Department of; use of isolation and restraint necessary to protect child's health.
  • SB273: Foster-care youth; eligibility for medical assistance.
  • SB274: State & Local Government and General Assembly Conflicts of Interests Acts; limitation on gifts, etc.
  • SB275: Health insurance; victims of sexual assault, cost-sharing requirement for HIV medication.
  • SB276: Charter schools; restrictions and pre-lottery enrollment for current students.
  • SB277: Foster care and adoption assistance; DSS to include individuals between age 18 & 21 years of age.
  • SB278: Foster care; approval of applicant whose household includes certain individuals.
  • SB369: Comprehensive Services for At-Risk Youth and Families, State Executive Council for; membership.
  • SB370: Emergency custody & temporary detention; extends time person may be held pursuant to custody order.
  • SB502: Alcoholic beverage control; limited mixed-beverage restaurant licenses.
  • SB510: Firearms; possession following a misdemeanor conviction of certain crimes.
  • SB662: Child care; certain counties permitted to continue using local sliding scale to determine copayment.
  • SB671: Water; reporting usage.
  • SB672: Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind; out-of-state students.
  • SJ24: Juvenile records; Virginia State Crime Commission to study expungement of records.
  • SJ188: Commending Volunteers of America Chesapeake, Inc.
  • SJ211: Celebrating the life of Mildred Lonergan McAuliffe.
  • SJ5006: Commending Wesley Housing Development Corporation.
  • SJ5029: Celebrating the life of Terry Holzheimer.
  • SJ5030: Celebrating the life of Sister Benedict Kesock, O.S.B.
  • SJ5031: Commending the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind.
  • SJ5032: Commending Offender Aid and Restoration of Arlington, Inc.
  • SJ5043: Commending the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing.
  • SJ5054: Commending Lora Rinker.
  • SJ5055: Commending Charlie Rinker.
  • SJ5085: Commending Nancy Sanger Pallesen.
  • SR27: Celebrating the life of the Honorable Elise B. Heinz.
  • SB483: Asbestos workers; reporting violations, penalties for noncompliance.
  • SB553: School divisions, local; may use unexpended state funds to provide one-time bonus to teachers.
  • SB554: Firearms; possession within residence of victim by persons subject to protective orders.
  • SB555: Parental rights; procedure for restoration, child to consent to restoration of rights.
  • SB835: TANF; assistance when convicted of drug-related felony, ineligible if fail or refuse drug testing.
  • SB862: Foster care; independent living services.
  • SB863: Independent living services; foster children committed to Department of Juvenile Justice.
  • SB864: Firearms; possession within residence of victim by persons subject to protective orders.
  • SB951: Bullying; defines term and requires school boards to prohibit acts by students and school employees.
  • SB952: Child support; directs DSS to establish statewide arrearage reduction program.
  • SB956: Investor-owned electric utilities; declining block rate for residential customers.
  • SB959: Pedestrians, etc; local government may adopt ordinances requiring to stop at marked crosswalks.
  • SB1080: Ultrasound imaging; no law or regulation of State shall require for nonmedical reasons.
  • SJ282: Foster care maintenance and adoption assistance; DSS to develop options for extending payments.
  • SJ407: Commending the Animal Welfare League of Arlington.
  • SJ420: Commending the YMCA of Arlington.
  • SJ423: Commending A New Lease on Life.
  • SJ424: Commending Ken Aughenbaugh.
  • SB84: Foster care; extends option of independent living services to person between 18 and 21 years old.
  • SB85: Two-Year College Transfer Grant Program; Expected Family Contribution.
  • SB156: Adoption; increases age at which assistance for children with special needs terminates.
  • SB157: Asbestos, Lead, Mold, and Home Inspectors, Virginia Board for; examination for license applicants.
  • SB482: Asbestos, Lead, Mold, and Home Inspectors, Virginia Board for; examination for disciplinary actions.
  • SB483: Asbestos workers; reporting violations, penalties for noncompliance.
  • SB552: Eligibilty for TANF; drug-related felonies.
  • SB553: School divisions, local; may use unexpended state funds to provide one-time bonus to teachers.
  • SB554: Firearms; possession within residence of victim by persons subject to protective orders.
  • SB555: Parental rights; procedure for restoration.
  • SB594: Towns; allowed to acquire land, not by condemnation, within their boundaries or 3 miles outside.
  • SB615: Health Benefit Exchange Authority; created, report.
  • SJ19: Community colleges; SCHEV to study offering selected baccalaureate degrees.
  • SJ185: Celebrating the life of John Martin Couric.
  • SJ217: Celebrating the life of Patricia Anne Zimmerman.
  • SJ5003: Commending the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia.