State Government

More Notice for Meetings Needed
5:16 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

"Transparency Virginia" Monitors General Assembly

Richmond First's Michael Jackson discusses the findings with other Transparency Virginia members.

A coalition of nonprofit and advocacy organizations says the General Assembly’s legislative process needs to be more open and clear to the public.  

Members of “Transparency Virginia” attended more than three-quarters of the Assembly’s 101 committee and subcommittee meetings during its recent session.  They found a less-than-stellar record of adequate notice for meetings, recorded votes, and full consideration of bills.

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Privacy v. Security
7:29 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Civil Rights Advocates Concerned About Privacy Bill Amendments

Credit Vince LoPresti/Flickr via NPR

Lawmakers in Virginia passed a couple of bills earlier this year to protect personal privacy. But the governor has amended those measures, and civil rights advocates are furious.

When the general assembly approved a bill limiting the use of drones to spy on citizens, not a single lawmaker voted against it, and Claire Gastanaga, who heads the American Civil Liberties office in Richmond was pleased.

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Gun Debate
8:40 am
Thu April 9, 2015

State ACLU Sympathizes with Advocates on Vetoed Gun Permits Bill

Gun-rights advocates who vowed to keep addressing an issue which they say violates civil liberties may have some ammunition when state lawmakers return to Richmond for next week's Veto Session.  The state ACLU’s executive director is sympathizing with advocates who say LEGAL concealed-carry permit-holders are being unfairly targeted by law enforcement in neighboring states that do not recognize those permits.

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Problems with Voting Machines
8:03 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Study Examines Problems with Virginia's Voting Machines

VA Elections Commissioner Edgardo Cortes
Credit Anne Marie Morgan

An interim study by the Virginia Department of Elections indicates that numerous localities have voting machines that are wearing out—and some have potential security problems.  The investigation was prompted by reports of irregularities during last November’s election. The result could be a new and costly requirement to replace some widely used touch-screen voting machines.

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Government & Politics
5:06 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

ABLE Savings Trust: Lighten the Load

Legislation signed by Governor McAuliffe creates what he says is the first state that establishes a trust account for certain people with disabilities.

 

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