State Government en Capitol Square as Public Forum <p></p><p>The ACLU of Virginia wants to prevent a situation like that in 2012 where 31 protesters were arrested for straying outside a designated area on the state's Capitol Square.&nbsp; The organization is now calling on Governor McAuliffe through a letter to completely revise the regulations that limit citizens from expressing their views to lawmakers and other public officials.</p><p></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:59:30 +0000 Tommie McNeil 19846 at Capitol Square as Public Forum Access to Vital Records <p>Listening to some of the tales of how people obtained copies of their birth certificates is like hearing the hobbit, Frodo Baggins, recount his journey into Mordor. But Governor McAuliffe says Virginia is now writing a new chapter—by making those documents accessible through any DMV office.</p><p></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:35:35 +0000 Tommie McNeil 19795 at Access to Vital Records Ethics Reform at the Capitol <p></p><p>Slightly more than two months after taking office, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe is responding to questions about ethics reform …as former Governor Bob McDonnell awaits a trial this summer involving gift-giving.&nbsp;&nbsp;The scandal prompted the General Assembly to pass and send to the Governor new ethics reform legislation, which now awaits his signature, amendments, or veto.&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;</p><p></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:13:31 +0000 Tommie McNeil 19249 at Ethics Reform at the Capitol General Assembly Special Session: The Latest <p>The House of Delegates was hard at work&nbsp;Tuesday&nbsp;night…and following lengthy debate, approved a new state budget for the 2015 and 2016 fiscal years.&nbsp;&nbsp;It’s the only budget bill that’s moved forward so far during the Special Session that began&nbsp;on Monday. &nbsp;House conferees incorporated some of the items they discussed during initial budget negotiations with their Senate counterparts.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 11:06:04 +0000 Anne Marie Morgan 19021 at General Assembly Special Session: The Latest Medicaid Expansion Goes Nowhere After Special Session <div>McAuliffe attached 104 amendments to former Gov. Bob McDonnell’s budget. They include a two-year PILOT program to enroll hundreds of thousands of additional Virginians in Medicaid. The Governor said he received federal assurance that the state CAN withdraw from this expansion in the future without penalties.</div><div><p></p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 12:11:10 +0000 Anne Marie Morgan 18970 at Medicaid Expansion Goes Nowhere After Special Session