Del. Marian Van Landingham (D-Alexandria) is making another run at winning General Assembly approval for a "parental leave" bill. It would require employers to grant up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to a parent upon the birth or adoption of a child. The bill, which exempts companies with fewer than 50 employees, would mandate that employee health benefits continue during the leave if the time off is unpaid. The legislation would require that the employee be reinstated in the same job if possible, at the same pay and with accumulated seniority and benefits. Some business groups complain the legislation would infringe upon employers' rights to set employee benefits. The House Labor and Commerce Committee, which shot down the bill three other times when Van Landingham introduced it, is expected to vote this week.
ONCE IS NOT ENOUGH:
A bill sponsored by Sen. Richard L. Saslaw (D-Springfield) requiring all children to be vaccinated for measles twice before entering public schools sailed through the Senate last week on a 38-0 vote. The measure has the support of public health advocates and, presumably, needle manufacturers.
Telephone customers who prefer not to be pestered by solicitations from telemarketing companies could end the calls under a bill by Del. George W. Grayson (D-James City). The bill would allow phone customers to give their numbers to the state Consumer Affairs Division, which in turn would order telemarketers operating in Virginia not to call.
MUMBLE ALONG WITH JAY:
During debate about the state song on the House floor, Del. Jay W. DeBoer (D-Petersburg) offered an amendment to make "Louie, Louie" the "official anthem of the House of Delegates." He said he and the late Del. Warren G. Stambaugh (D-Arlington) decided last d his piece for Rolling Stone, the rock music and culture magazine, should appear this spring, unless the war delays it.
-- Compiled by John Ward Anderson, Donald P. Baker and John F. Harris summer that "Louie, Louie" was an appropriate song for double-talking legislators because, "The Federal Communications Commission has declared its lyrics unintelligible at any speed."
IN OTHER ACTION:
The House approved a bill to designate the two Interstate 95 spans over the Occoquan River between Prince William and Fairfax counties as the Purple Heart Bridge . . . . The House approved a bill sponsored by Del. Alan E. Mayer (D-Fairfax) that would allow 50 or more people to form service districts to control gypsy moths. If approved by the Senate, the bill would permit residents to organize themselves in districts similar to water and sewer districts and pay special fees for increased gypsy moth control . . . . The House approved a bill by Del. Kenneth R. Plum (D-Reston) that would ban halogenated chlorofluorocarbons, which contribute to ozone depletion in the upper atmosphere, from the foam-like packaging materials used by many fast food restaurants.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
"I shall not be a prisoner to or a victim of my own will power." -- Sen. Dudley J. "Buzz" Emick Jr. (D-Botetourt), suggesting a campaign slogan for Gov. L. Douglas Wilder.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK II:
"I'm sitting next to the Scud missiles of Virginia." -- State Democratic Party Chairman Paul Goldman, referring to Emick and Steve Haner, executive director of the joint Republican Legislative Caucus, at a dinner they all attended.
The House of Delegates will reconsider a bill, defeated on Friday, that would raise from 16 to 18 the legal age for buying tobacco products and increase the fine for violations from $25 to $50.
Reporters for two national magazines, Playboy and Rolling Stone, are working on stories about Gov. L. Douglas Wilder. Peter Ross Range spent two hours with Wilder last Thursday, on the first interview that should lead to a 10,000-word "Playboy Interview" later this year. Range said he's not interested in Wilder's social life, however. It's a misconception fueled by former President Jimmy Carter's famous admission in a Playboy Q-and-A about "lust" in his heart. Range said Carter gave that answer not during a discussion about sex, but about religion. Freelance writer Russell Miller said his piece for Rolling Stone, the rock music and culture magazine, should appear this spring, unless the war delays it.