Government & Politics

Lieutenant Governor as Tie-Breaker
4:43 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

VA Senate Votes Down Ultrasound Mandate

The Virginia Senate has approved legislation to repeal the state law passed two years ago that requires women to have an ultrasound before undergoing an abortion.  The measure was initially defeated—then in a dramatic reversal, was revived.

Bill sponsor Senator Mamie Locke said ultrasounds may not be medical necessary, and those that are can be performed without this law.

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General Assembly
8:43 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Mental Health Custody Issue Moves Forward

Sen. Creigh Deeds

A person in a mental health crisis may be kept in custody for evaluation for up to 24 hours under legislation that has cleared the Virginia Senate. 

The new, 24-hour limit passed over the objections of some in the law enforcement community, who worried that such a lengthy period may divert deputy sheriffs who are detaining the patient from other public safety priorities.

But the bill passed unanimously after an impassioned plea from the Senator who was most recently impacted by flaws in the state’s mental health system.

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Government & Politics
7:35 am
Mon February 10, 2014

VaNews for 2.10.14

A new idea for fostering co-operation between Democrats and Republicans in Richmond involves upgrading the liquor selection at the Executive Mansion and the governor pays a visit to the Eastern Shore, but which governor? 

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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Government & Politics
4:50 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Lawmakers Address Issues Related to Violence

The Virginia Senate tackled several bills  addressing acts of violence. And, after lengthy debate, Senators likely killed a measure that would have allowed Virginia to use electrocution as a form of execution, if necessary.

The Senate also gave preliminary approval to a measure to penalize so-called “celebratory gunfire.” 

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Debt Ceiling
5:00 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

VA Lawmakers Talk Legislative Hurdle

Reports that House Republican leaders are dropping efforts to tie legislation to the debt ceiling increase is being met with cheers from lawmakers in the region.

Many rank and file lawmakers wanted the G-O-P to extract a policy priority in exchange for the increase. Some wanted tweaks to so-called Obamacare while others wanted to expand energy development. Party leaders are reportedly pulling the plug on those efforts. Virginia Republican Congressman Scott Rigell says that’s good news.

“This is really the last major legislative hurdle that we face as a country this year.”

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