State Government

Students Speak Out
7:38 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Lower Rates for Higher Education

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About two dozen college students gathered in Richmond this week to demand lower rates for higher education.   

Among them, John Maggi, who studies at the University of Virginia. 

“In the United States, privilege is kind of what determines your educational status, especially when it comes to higher education and universities.”

Scott LeCates, an organizer with the teachers’ association in Roanoke, said debt was crippling college graduates – especially those who had chosen careers in education.

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General Assembly 2015
7:20 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Debated in General Assembly

It's a marijuana decriminalization bill - NOT a marijuana legalization bill - that a Northern Virginia lawmaker is fighting for during this General Assembly session. Senator Adam Ebbin contends that there's a significant difference, and the legislation is necessary in order to stop making criminals out of otherwise law-abiding citizens.

Ebbin says many states have already recognized that criminalization of "a plant" in America has failed, and it's time Virginia recognizes that as well.

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Surveillance Legislation
4:37 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Privacy Versus Public Safety

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Since 9/11, police have been given greater freedom to spy on citizens and to limit civil liberties, presumably to assure public safety, but the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia thinks they’ve gone too far and is fighting back with several bills in Richmond. 

Sitting outside the General Assembly between committee hearings this week, the executive director of Virginia’s Civil Liberties Union lamented what she sees as a dangerous loss of privacy in this country. 

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Law & Crime
8:03 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Outdated Trafficking Laws Could Soon Be Reformed

Virginia lawmakers say while they ARE crafting more laws to nab sex traffickers, the perpetrators they label as "evil" are getting more aggressive and elusive—which is why it's time to create one standalone statute to be able to prosecute the traffickers. 

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Government & Politics
8:27 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Legislation Barring Some Immigrant Students from In-State Tuition Defeated

Senator Dick Black

Undocumented immigrant students who’ve been granted the federal status that defers them from deportation would still be able to qualify for in-state college tuition -- thanks to the Virginia Senate's defeat of legislation that would have barred them from receiving the less expensive rates. The bill was killed by a single vote following a lengthy floor debate.  

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