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
Local Government, Rehabilitation and Social Services, Transportation
Copatroning Habits
76% 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, 59% of them are Democrats.
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Bills Passed
12.7% in 2018
Recent Mentions in the Media

ARLnow: The Right Note: Real Progress

August 20, 2019 | 2:30 pm
  The Right Note is a weekly opinion column. The views and opinions expressed in the column are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views.

Inside NoVA: Officials, residents wrangle over Colvin Run relocation | news/fairfax

August 12, 2019 | 7:30 am
  A proposal to relocate a portion of Colvin Run in Great Falls as part of the Route 7 widening project has raised the eyebrows of some residents, but federal, state.

Inside NoVA: Arlington legislators take different tacks on Trump appearance

August 6, 2019 | 3:00 am
  While some members of the Arlington delegation to the General Assembly had to make the choice to attend (or not) President Trump's speech in Jamestown last ...

The Dogwood: Dogwood Daily: President Trump heads to Jamestown tomorrow

July 29, 2019 | 3:00 am
  Welcome to today's edition of the Dogwood Daily. We've got a round-up of all of today's Virginia news coming right up. And if you're a fan, please forward to ...

Virginia Mercury: Advocates push Virginia to join states and cities that make paid sick leave mandatory

July 28, 2019 | 3:00 am
  For Kim Bobo, co-executive director of the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy, the issue is simple. “How can we call ourselves a civilized society and not ...

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.


  • 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.