Most job applications have a box on page one that asks applicants if they’ve been convicted of a crime. Critics say that’s one big reason that people coming out of prison can’t get work and end up back behind bars. Now, there’s a move in the legislature to ban the box.
Virginia’s prisons offer a range of educational and vocational training programs, and many inmates go home with new skills and a commitment to live within the laws, but often they’re frustrated by the inability to find work.
Gun-control advocates say their primary goal this legislative session is to keep firearms out of the hands of those who shouldn’t have that right. So they've revised some bills that failed last year into legislation they believe are common-sense measures which could receive bipartisan support. But the head of one gun-rights group says some of the proposals are too broad and aren’t carefully crafted.
Northern Virginia Democratic Congressman Jim Moran says he's retiring because he thinks he can direct more change working from outside of this Congress.
Congressman Moran first arrived on Capitol Hill in 1991. The proud progressive gained notoriety for delivering blistering floor speeches whenever his priorities were challenged, sometimes even challenging his fellow Democrats.
One of the biggest issues for this legislative session is whether to expand Medicaid. The Affordable Care Act assumed states would do that and offered to pay the full cost for the first three years – then scaling back to 90% over the next seven years.
About half the states – including Virginia – refused, and that means about 190,000 people in the Commonwealth will still be without medical coverage. Governor McAuliffe is pushing for expansion of Medicaid, but Republicans are pushing back with some surprising proposals.
Governor McAuliffe called on state lawmakers Monday night to modernize Virginia’s Standards of Learning testing program in the public schools. Now House Republicans have rolled out their initial plans… and say enacting education reforms will be a long-term project.
Their comprehensive plan would not only impact the SOLs, but also the array of courses that students can take and teacher compensation.
A 14-acre stand of trees on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg recently escaped destruction when the University agreed not to build an athletic practice facility on that spot.
Now a Virginia Senator wants to make protection of the parcel, known as Stadium Woods, permanent.
Senator John Edwards applauds Virginia Tech’s Board of Visitors for voting to save Stadium woods from development – for now. But he’s introduced a bill that would make protection permanent with a conservation easement on the land.
It’s a sign of the times that Virginia lawmakers may soon consider a bill to ban what’s popularly known as “revenge porn” – the posting of naked pictures by an ex-lover online.
Albemarle County Prosecutor Denise Lunsford is a powerful woman, and when a former boyfriend posted nude pictures of her on Twitter, she went to court. The pictures came down, but there was no legal penalty. Now, Delegate Marcus Simon is stepping up to change that. He sees revenge porn as a kind of assault and says Lunsford is not alone.
Some Democratic members of the General Assembly have announced they’ll push to repeal several abortion-related laws that have passed in recent years, which they say are restrictive and set up barriers to women’s reproductive health. The Senators and Delegates say to achieve this goal, they’ll play offensive and defensive roles during the legislative session.
Senator Barbara Favola said women deserve access to safe and legal health care.