General Assembly en State Senate Passes Budget <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Virginia Senate has passed its version of the state budget for the next two fiscal years, which begin on July 1st. &nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Senators introduced the spending bill proposed by Governor McAuliffe, then added their own touches— including Marketplace Virginia, the private-insurance alternative to Medicaid expansion. But by the end of the day the Senate and the House were no closer to resolving their budget stalemate.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:32:47 +0000 Anne Marie Morgan 19666 at State Senate Passes Budget 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 Voter Identification Law <p>Virginia's new voter ID law that limits access to the ballot without the proper photo ID will soon go into effect, and the State Board of Elections is tasked with informing the public about the new change before the November elections.</p><p>The Board's strategy includes launching a voter outreach, marketing, and public awareness campaign well before then.</p><p></p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Tommie McNeil 18828 at Voter Identification Law Public Safety Legislation <p>Over the last several weeks, Governor McAuliffe has had the daunting task of reviewing 834 bills that were passed and sent to him by the General Assembly.</p><p>One stack of legislation on his desk addresses public safety concerns, including creating a new crime for a vindictive act that’s peculiar to the digital age: “revenge porn.”</p><p></p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 20:13:50 +0000 Anne Marie Morgan 18596 at Public Safety Legislation