Tommie McNeil

Reporter, Richmond Bureau

Tommie McNeil is a State Capitol reporter who has been covering Virginia and Virginia politics for more than a decade. He originally hails from Maryland, and also doubles as the evening anchor for 1140 WRVA in Richmond.

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Government & Politics
4:56 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Domestic Violence Legislation Passes the Virginia Senate

The Virginia State Senate has approved legislation that expands the rights of a person petitioning for a protective order and puts an alleged abuser on the hook for costs associated with some of the victim’s needs and costs.  

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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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Government & Politics
4:41 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Gun Control Advocates Craft Bills

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.

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Government & Politics
4:00 am
Mon January 13, 2014

General Assembly: New Amendments

When Governor McDonnell gave his final State of the Commonwealth address, he once again asked for a change in the state Constitution to allow automatic restoration of rights to felons.

But  those who are closely monitoring the current General Assembly session with hopes of this or other big constitutional changes… may be in for a bit of a disappointment.

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