Government & Politics

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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Virginia Public Access Project
9:29 am
Mon January 20, 2014

VaNews for 01.20.14

Governor McAuliffe's first week on the job finds him among the cubicles in the state payroll office and an Alexandria city council member thinks it time to clear some old laws off the books. 

Those stories have been among the most clicked over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link on vpap.org .

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Senate Approval
4:00 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Shared Work Program

The Virginia State Senate has passed legislation that uses unemployment benefits to help keep employees on the job in lieu of being laid off.

Nearly two dozen other states participate in what's called a "shared work" program. Senator Bill Stanley, the sponsor of the legislation, says it's an important step in Virginia to save jobs, especially when employers are anticipating a downturn in their business and must cut costs. 

Under this law, the employees won’t be laid off and won’t lose money altogether when their hours are reduced.

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Emergency Custody Orders & Available Facilities
4:35 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Mental Health Legislation Moves Forward

At least one of the mental health bills sponsored by State Senator Creigh Deeds is moving forward to the next stage without any opposition.

After being released from emergency custody after psychiatric beds were not found, Deeds’ son stabbed him and subsequently killed himself.

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