Government & Politics

Hearing for Sex Offenders
4:56 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Bill Tackles Criminal Name Changes

It’s fairly easy for people in Virginia to change their name, but when it comes to sex offenders, one state lawmaker thinks it should be more difficult.

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VA Senate Votes to Repeal
4:23 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Lawmakers Consider Hybrid Tax Issue

The annual license tax imposed on hybrid vehicles as part of last year’s transportation-funding law may be on its way out.  The Virginia Senate has voted overwhelmingly to repeal the tax, which was never popular in the first place.

Lawmakers who did not want to jeopardize the transportation compromise last year now feel free to get rid of that provision.

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Early Voting, Vote by Mail Project
3:35 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Legislation Aims for Voting Ease

Voting could be easier if one Virginia lawmaker has his way.  One proposal would  allow absentee ballots from anyone who’d like to vote early – and another that could lead to voting by mail.

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Lobbying Lawmakers
9:50 am
Mon January 20, 2014

General Assembly Considers Gun-Related Legislation

The issue of gun control will be on the minds of state officials today, as lobbyists prepare to deliver their message to lawmakers.

Virginia’s General Assembly will consider more than 60 gun-related bills this session.  One, favored by some Republicans, would require every school board to designate a staff member or volunteer to carry a concealed handgun on school property.  Another would make it illegal for public agencies to assist the federal government in completing a criminal background check in connection with the sale of a gun.

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Economic Outlook
9:43 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Federal Budget Impact on Virginia

The spending bill signed into law by the president last week has a lot in it for Virginia.

Virginia possibly makes out better than any other state from the one point one trillion dollar spending bill. The state’s economy took a hit in two thousand thirteen. Many federal contractors and workers suffered through pay cuts as they were furloughed. Then there’s the government shutdown which ripped around twenty four billion dollars out of the U-S economy. Northern Virginia Democrat Jim Moran says this bill provides the certainly the state has needed.

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