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.
The Senate Finance Committee has rejected the traditional Medicaid expansion in Governor McAuliffe’s proposed budget in favor of its own alternative, “Marketplace Virginia.” The Senate plan would use federal funds to provide private health insurance for residents who make under 139 percent of the poverty level, but GOP House leaders are not sold on the idea.
Inmates in a Virginia jail will now be able to get their nicotine the high-tech way...and four student-athletes at William and Mary act fast and save a friend's home. Those stories have been among the most read over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link on vpap.org.
Conservative Delegate Bob Marshall and the Virginia ACLU are on the same side of a new law that limits how far police can go when tracking people. Thursday, Governor McAuliffe signed the cell phone-tracking bill, which was sponsored by Marshall, to protect Fourth Amendment rights.
Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has some unlikely allies in his federal corruption trial. Three Democratic and two Republican former Attorneys General are asking the federal judge presiding over the case to dismiss most of the charges against him…and have filed a memo to that effect in U.S. District Court.