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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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Cap on Gifts
10:13 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Ethics Reform at the Capitol

Slightly more than two months after taking office, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe is responding to questions about ethics reform …as former Governor Bob McDonnell awaits a trial this summer involving gift-giving.  The scandal prompted the General Assembly to pass and send to the Governor new ethics reform legislation, which now awaits his signature, amendments, or veto. 
 

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Government & Politics
7:06 am
Wed March 26, 2014

General Assembly Special Session: The Latest

Credit vapublicradio.org

The House of Delegates was hard at work Tuesday night…and following lengthy debate, approved a new state budget for the 2015 and 2016 fiscal years.  It’s the only budget bill that’s moved forward so far during the Special Session that began on Monday.  House conferees incorporated some of the items they discussed during initial budget negotiations with their Senate counterparts. 

House Majority Leader Kirk Cox said the budget includes cost-of-competing funds for Northern Virginia schools and extra compensation for college faculty and state employees.

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