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Lawmakers in Richmond are reviewing a bill that would help Virginians cut their energy costs, but critics say it could make power more expensive for customers.

Susan Hill works with people who have drafty homes and high utility bills.

She's in charge of the Richmond Region Energy Alliance, a nonprofit that helps families figure out how to reduce their monthly utility bill.

While the end result is savings, it does require some money down.  

VA's Congressional Delegation Looks to the Year Ahead

Jan 19, 2016
The Associated Press

Virginia lawmakers are laying down their legislative priorities for the new year, but Republicans doubt they can get much done with a Democrat in the White House.

President Obama is fresh off a quick campaign style jaunt across the nation where he tried to rally support for his agenda, which ranges from gun control to finding a cure for cancer. But Republicans, like Virginia Congressman Randy Forbes, say even where they agree with the president it's hard to find common ground. 

Virginia Could Build Two New Prisons for Kids

Jan 11, 2016
VA Dept. of Juvenile Justice

On any given day, the state of Virginia is dealing with about 5,000 kids who’ve broken the law.  Some are on probation or parole.  Others are in community programs, but about 400 are locked up.  Eighty percent of them end up committing new crimes within three years of being released.  Now, lawmakers in Richmond will debate reforming the juvenile justice system by building two new detention centers.

VA Delegation on Gun Control

Jan 11, 2016
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President Obama started the New Year off by refocusing Washington and the nation on gun control. Matt Laslo reports from Washington that he may have inadvertently broadened the gulf between him and Republicans who control Capitol Hill.

Congress Passes Omnibus Budget Bill

Dec 21, 2015

 Virginia lawmakers were divided on the legislation to fund the government. 

Only 113 House members voted against the bill to keep the government funded through next September. Six of those Republican no votes are from the commonwealth, which means more Virginian House members opposed it than supported it. For fiscal conservative Republican Congressman Dave Brat says the one point one trillion dollar price tag of the package was just too much.

“Just on the budget numbers alone I made commitments alone.” 

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