Government & Politics

Texting While Driving
4:35 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

New July Laws: Behind the Wheel

Texting-while-driving was already against the law, but now police have a new tool that will enable them to hand out more citations.

Supporters of the revised Virginia law hope that steep fines will deter drivers from taking their eyes off the road to read and send text messages.

Lawmakers overcame privacy concerns about police peering into vehicles as the evidence piled up about the growing number of deadly accidents due to texting. Bill sponsor Delegate Rich Anderson says now the law has some teeth.

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Immigration News
7:16 am
Mon July 1, 2013

VA Lawmakers React to Immigration Reform Passage

After passage in the Senate by a wide margin, immigration reform now moves to the U-S House. Here's a snapshot of what Virginia lawmakers are saying about it.  

A bipartisan group of eight senators crafted the comprehensive immigration bill the old-fashioned way: in a conference room with their sleeves rolled up. Not so in the House, where Republicans, like Virginia Congressman Randy Forbes, say the Senate's process isn't open enough.

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Virginia Public Access Project
7:01 am
Mon July 1, 2013

VaNews for 7.1.13

Not everyone is giving an “A” to the idea of assigning letter grades to public schools in Virginia and if you’re interested in buying a Tesla off the showroom floor you’ll have to go out of state to do it. It’s illegal in the Commonwealth. Those stories have been among the most read over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org.

VaNews is a free public service of the Virginia Public Access Project and can be found at vpap.org.

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Government & Politics
4:34 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Virginia Latino Caucus

Before Democrats, including Vice President Joe Biden, converge on Richmond this weekend for their Jefferson-Jackson dinner, another caucus will take place.

The members say that as the Latino presence expands in Virginia, it's imperative for them to be politically involved—especially as lawmakers make decisions specific to their communities with or without their input.

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Law & Crime
5:44 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

VA Attorney General Appeals to Defend Anti-Sodomy Law

Virginia’s attorney general is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to let the Commonwealth keep its law against sodomy on the books, because he claims it protects children from predators, but critics say we have other laws to do that, and Cuccinelli is simply playing politics.

In 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down an anti-sodomy law in the case of Lawrence v. Texas, saying it violated Americans’ constitutional right to privacy.

“The government can’t tell two consenting adults what they can do in private.”

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