General Assembly

General Assembly
8:05 am
Tue July 8, 2014

The VA General Assembly's Revolving Door

Credit virginiapublicradio.org

In June, four state lawmakers unexpectedly resigned their seats in the General Assembly. While legislative retirements are not unusual, four Democrats in one month calling it quits before their terms expire is not the norm—and left many to wonder why.  But, the answer may be as simple as timing and opportunity. 

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General Assembly
3:37 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

New Laws Part 5

As Virginians celebrate American independence this weekend, many can't help but think about our veterans past and present—as well as the rights and nation that they have defended.  So as we continue our series on new state laws that just took effect, One directly impacts affects those who have served overseas … another that addresses state energy resources … and a third that affects the Commonwealth’s democratic process.

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General Assembly
3:17 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

New Laws Part 4

This week some laws take effect that impact Virginia motorists-and they're not necessarily punitive. In fact, some were passed because drivers asked for them. 

The number of medical indicators allowed on driver's licenses has increased. The DMV’s Sunni Brown says previously, only hearing or speech impairments and insulin-dependent diabetes could be listed, but now:

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Virginia Budget Woes
8:52 am
Wed June 25, 2014

VA Precedents Slowing Down Governor McAuliffe's Efforts

House Speaker Bill Howell

When House of Delegates Speaker Bill Howell ruled two of Governor McAuliffe’s line-item vetoes out of order Monday night, he cited the state Constitution and Virginia Supreme Court precedents for doing so. 

Those include a 1996 case where then—as now—one major dispute was over budget language about federal funds. 

 

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Marketplace Virginia
4:32 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

State Senate Passes Budget

The Virginia Senate has passed its version of the state budget for the next two fiscal years, which begin on July 1st.  

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. 

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