Government & Politics

Law & Crime
9:19 am
Mon March 25, 2013

VaNews for 03.25.13

Mysterious fires in eastern Virginia and police cameras that read license plates by the thousands have been in the news lately.

Newspaper stories about both were among the past week’s most clicked on Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link. Fred Echols reports.

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

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Delaying Background Checks
4:38 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Second Chance Advocates want to Ban the Box

Forty-three localities nationwide, including Newport News, have "banned the box."

That means they have eliminated job applications that ask if a person has been convicted of a felony. 

Some who sit on Richmond City Council want to join those localities. They’re hoping that the measure could eventually be introduced as statewide legislation across the street at the State Capitol.

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Now Labeled Cannabinoids
4:27 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Expanding the Synthetic Drug List

Virginia lawmakers concede that it may be impossible to create and amend laws that crack down on the ever-changing illegal drug trade, but they're determined to be as proactive as possible to deter it and prosecute those behind it.  

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Government & Politics
4:29 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Residency Requirements for Petition Circulators

The ACLU and the Libertarian Party have teamed up against Virginia to block a state law that requires candidate-petition circulators to be residents of the Commonwealth. 

A federal judge has already ruled in favor of the ACLU-Libertarian position.  ACLU attorneys believe if the state wins this appeal, it could prevent third-parties from gaining ground in the Commonwealth.

The Virginia Attorney General's office argued that allowing out-of-state residents to circulate petitions to get candidates on the ballot could open the floodgates for election fraud.  

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Development Rarely Pays
1:32 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

The Downside of Development

Every five years, Virginia requires cities and counties to update plans for development – how and where they’ll grow. 

Many communities assume growth is good – and some even offer tax breaks to attract new industries and businesses, but a new report by Charlottesville economist David Shreve and planning consultant Craig Evans suggests that’s not the case if new companies hire people from elsewhere. 

That’s because new residents increase the demand for public services, such as education, road construction and maintenance, public safety, water systems, sewers and so on.

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