General Assembly

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Members of the General Assembly are preparing for the upcoming session, and a number of key issues are emerging. But there’s one issue that’s not expected to be part of the discussion.

With the General Assembly session weeks away, state leaders are already worried about balancing the books for the next budget. And one issue is proving to be particularly difficult. 

State Accepting Comments on Concealed Carry Ban

Aug 31, 2016
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Last October, Virginia’s Governor used executive action to ban concealed-carry in state offices. There was an immediate backlash from many pro-gun advocates, and Wednesday in Richmond they got the chance to speak out.

State employees aren’t allowed to carry firearms into work, but the Governor’s order extended that prohibition to everyone else, including concealed carry permit holders.

Governor Releases Data on Felons Who Can Vote

May 11, 2016
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Virginia’s Governor has received plenty of backlash for restoring voting rights to felons.  Fighting back, Terry McAuliffe is releasing data, revealing more about who the affected felons are. 

According to an analysis sent out by the Governor’s office, 20-percent of the felons affected by his order were convicted of violent crimes.

Ethics Questions: Reconsidering the Rules on Gifts

Apr 25, 2016
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The old saying goes there’s no such thing as a free lunch. But what about elected officials? Should they have to track the value of every meal they are given? 

The case against former Governor Bob McDonnell was that he took things in exchange for official actions, a prosecution that will be heard before the United States Supreme Court this week. That’s why Carl Tobias at the University of Richmond Law School says tightening up on rules about gifts no-brainer.