State Government

EPA Proposals
5:23 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Discussion on EPA Proposals Continues with Rallies in Richmond

Dozens of people rallied outside the State Capitol yesterday to support tougher new EPA proposals for electricity-generating plants. At the same time, Virginia lawmakers were hearing from stakeholders—and trying to determine how the state could be effected if the rules are adopted. There were a lot of questions but few answers.

Senator Dick Saslaw questioned why the EPA won’t give more credit to Virginia’s nuclear power plants in setting its carbon emission reduction targets—hypothetically, even if nuclear power were the ONLY source. 

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Data Security
4:59 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Securing Student Data

JCOTS Chair Tom Rust

As Target, Home Depot, the U.S. Post Office and other entities find it difficult to protect consumer information, Virginia lawmakers are wondering how public schools will guard student data as they transition into electronic instruction, testing, and information storage. As Virginia Public Radio’s Anne Marie Morgan reports, the Joint Commission on Technology and Science aims to close the gaps in state laws and policies that might inadvertently allow the use of student data for unauthorized purposes.

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Virginia Public Access Project
7:14 am
Mon November 17, 2014

VaNews: Biking in Snow, School Bus Driver Controversy

Bicycle commuters in Arlington will have an ally in their local government this winter when snow threatens to slow them down. And there's controversy in Portsmouth after the city denied bonuses for school bus drivers who worked extra on a day when many of their colleagues stayed home to protest low pay. 

Those stories have been among the most read over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link.

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Gift-Giving Limits, Gerrymandering
2:00 pm
Sun November 16, 2014

Integrity & Public Confidence in State Government

Governor McAuliffe with Commission Members

Although they're not quite final, the Governor's Commission on Integrity and Public Confidence in State Government is just about ready to submit its recommendations to Governor McAuliffe to meet his December 1st deadline. 

One of the lingering issues is how to change the process for determining legislative districts and preventing gerrymandering.

Former Lt. Governor Bill Bolling, who co-chairs the commission, says the key proposals include a requirement that gift-giving limits are set at $250 across-the-board for tangible and intangible gifts.

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Civics Summit
4:03 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Political Analyst: Voters Send the Message

Eric Cantor loses the number two spot in the House of Representatives, former Governor Bob McDonnell is convicted on corruption charges, and Mark Warner almost loses his U.S. Senate seat after one term.  

Political analyst Bob Holsworth told social studies teachers at a Civics Summit that if he had predicted several years ago what happened to Virginia's most popular politicians this year, he probably would not have been invited to speak.  But  he offered some enlightenment about the Commonwealth’s recent electoral politics.

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