General Assembly

Government & Politics
7:31 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Human-Rights Activists Applaud New Sex Trafficking Law

Human-rights advocates are applauding the passage and benefits of Virginia's first standalone sex trafficking law, which goes into effect this July.  They say the new law is long overdue and puts the Commonwealth in step with other states that have passed similar measures. But they also say this should simply start the effort to pass laws that deter sex trafficking-which is the second fastest-growing criminal enterprise in the U.S.

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Surveillance Legislation
6:06 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Virginia ACLU Urges Lawmakers to Reign In Surveillance Powers

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While the Virginia ACLU applauds Governor McAuliffe's signing of a number of bills this past legislative session, the organization opposes his amendments to several bills that had aimed to reign in the government’s powers of surveillance--and which passed the General Assembly overwhelmingly.  The ACLU is asking state lawmakers to reject the amendments when they soon return to Richmond.  

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Government & Politics
11:06 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Inside the Governor's Access Plan

During its recent session, Virginia's General Assembly took action on the Governor's Access Plan, which is a limited mental health and medical benefits package for a group of low-income adults in the Commonwealth. But what does it do, who is eligible, and what are its limitations? 

Lawmakers approved a variation of the program granted by the federal government at the behest of Governor McAuliffe.  Mira Signer with the National Alliance for Mental Illness says the benefits are for the seriously mentally ill between the ages of 21 and 64.

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General Assembly
9:17 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Governor Reviews Public Safety Measures

Bills that REALLY crack down on those who first exhibit signs of domestic abuse and strengthen penalties for sex traffickers are some of the public safety measures that the General Assembly recently sent to Governor McAuliffe.  The governor is also reviewing a potential new law that’s designed to take the temptation out of smuggling cigarettes.  

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Mental Health Reform
9:38 am
Mon March 9, 2015

Mental Health Reform Success in the General Assembly: A Mixed Bag

Senator Creigh Deeds
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One of the state's greatest proponents in the General Assembly for mental health reforms says when it comes to progress made during this legislative session, it's a mixed bag. Senator Creigh Deeds says the MOST important legislation he sponsored actually died in the House of Delegates. 

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