Public Policy

Government & Politics
12:29 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Virginia Lawmakers on Immigration Debate

Virginia Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte could play an outsized role in this year’s immigration debate.

At 844 pages, the bipartisan immigration reform bill in the Senate is one of those whoppers that’s easy to decry on the campaign trail. You won’t be seeing anything like that coming out of the House if Chairman Goodlatte has anything to say about it. He wants his Judiciary Committee to examine immigration one subsection at a time. He says speed isn’t his concern.

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4th Amendment Protections
5:16 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Public Safety & Constitutional Rights

Credit Charles Krupa/AP via NPR

In the wake of the Boston bombings, many people have praised the work of police, who killed one suspect and arrested a second after conducting a door-to-door search in one part of the city, but here in Virginia a civil liberties watchdog is raising questions. 

The head of the Rutherford Institute says Boston became a police state, and Americans abandoned their constitution.  

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Lawmakers React
9:24 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Gun Control Defeat

Virginia’s senators say they aren’t giving up on efforts to pass stricter federal gun laws even as they were dealt a major setback last week.

After the amendment to put in place near universal background checks failed last week… families from Newton, Connecticut huddled together…hugging each other as tears streamed down their faces. Erica Lafferty’s mom is Dawn Hochsprung- the principal who was gunned down protecting her students at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

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Gun Control Legislation
5:02 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

National Campus Safety Center

Virginia Senator Mark Warner marked the anniversary of the Virginia Tech tragedy with a speech on the senate floor.

He said the gun control legislation debated in the Senate includes his proposal to set up a National Campus Safety Center—to make colleges and university campuses safer nationwide.

Warner says the Center would provide colleges, universities and non-profit organizations with one-stop resources for research, grants and planning and training initiatives.


 

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Drinking Water Clinics
4:49 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Safe Drinking Water

About 1.7 million Virginians rely on wells, springs and cisterns for their drinking water. 

While municipal water supplies are tested daily under the Safe Drinking Water Act, people who rely on wells and springs are completely responsible for the care and maintenance of their water supplies.

The Montgomery County Water Clinic is Tuesday March 19  at the Blacksburg Recreation center.

Here is a list of the counties where water clinics are happening over the next 6 months:

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