General Assembly

33 Years of Service
2:46 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Lawmakers Honor VT President Charles Steger

VT President Dr. Charles Steger
Credit Virginia Tech

The Virginia General Assembly is recognizing the contributions of Virginia Tech President Charles Steger.

Delegate Joseph Yost of Giles County was joined by Tech alumni from the House of Delegates, to honor Steger for 33 years of service to the Virginia Tech Community and the entire state.  

Yost says Steger, the 15th President at Virginia Tech,  has exemplified the University’s motto, Ut Prosim, “That I May Serve.”

 

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Legislative Update
9:41 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Mental Health

Virginia is moving closer to implementing changes to its mental health system under legislation that has advanced in the General Assembly. 

The state Senate approved two bills to help clarify how long a person can be held for treatment under a temporary detention order … and to prevent someone who’s thought to be a danger to himself or others from possessing a gun. 

Critics of current law argue that it doesn’t authorize enough time to diagnose and begin treating temporarily detained patients in crisis. 

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Government & Politics
4:11 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

State Democrats Plan Senate Control

The certification of the election of former Delegate Lynwood Lewis to the Virginia Senate ultimately gives Democrats control over that chamber.

Although its partisan split is now 20-20, Democratic Lt. Governor Ralph Northam presides over the Senate, giving his caucus the tie-breaking vote to pass whatever rules it chooses. Today's  order of business was all about Democrats subtly making a statement about control.

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Proposing Audit
4:23 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

GOP Studies Medicaid

House of Delegates GOP leaders have announced that they will not vote to expand Medicaid—if at all—until after a comprehensive, outside audit of the state’s program is conducted. 

They say they want to find out why Medicaid has become the most expensive item in the General Fund budget … and why 30 percent of the Commonwealth’s healthcare spending goes to waste, fraud, and inefficiencies.  They believe it’s a once-in-a-generation opportunity to find out what’s wrong with Medicaid and fix what’s broken.

 

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Hearing for Sex Offenders
4:56 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Bill Tackles Criminal Name Changes

It’s fairly easy for people in Virginia to change their name, but when it comes to sex offenders, one state lawmaker thinks it should be more difficult.

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