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.
Effective immediately, all state homeland security planning and response in Virginia will fall under the leadership of the Secretary of Public Safety. While the new law signed by Governor McAuliffe may not be noticed by many residents, lawmakers say it will make a huge difference when disaster strikes.
Hundreds of Virginians crowded into a Senate committee room Tuesday night for a public hearing on Governor McAuliffe’s recently proposed budget. Some speakers praised the bill’s two-percent pay raise for state employees, college faculty, and teachers, while others endorsed his plan to fund Line-of-Duty payments for fallen police officers. However, the majority came to support either the Governor’s traditional Medicaid expansion OR the Senate’s private-insurance alternative, Marketplace Virginia.