State Government

Emergency Custody Orders & Available Facilities
4:35 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Mental Health Legislation Moves Forward

At least one of the mental health bills sponsored by State Senator Creigh Deeds is moving forward to the next stage without any opposition.

After being released from emergency custody after psychiatric beds were not found, Deeds’ son stabbed him and subsequently killed himself.

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State Job Applications
11:26 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Ban the Box Efforts

Most job applications have a box on page one that asks applicants if they’ve been convicted of a crime.  Critics say that’s one big reason that people coming out of prison can’t get work and end up back behind bars.  Now, there’s a move in the legislature to ban the box.

Virginia’s prisons offer a range of educational and vocational training programs, and many inmates go home with new skills and a commitment to live within the laws, but often they’re frustrated by the inability to find work.

“I mean they literally can’t get an interview.  People won’t even talk to them.”

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SOL Testing Reform
6:23 am
Wed January 15, 2014

VA SOL Testing In Line for Major Changes

Governor McAuliffe called on state lawmakers Monday night to modernize Virginia’s Standards of Learning testing program in the public schools.  Now House Republicans have rolled out their initial plans… and say enacting education reforms will be a long-term project. 

Their comprehensive plan would not only impact the SOLs, but also the array of courses that students can take and teacher compensation.

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House Bill 49
10:49 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Legislation to Ban 'Revenge Porn'

It’s a sign of the times that Virginia lawmakers may soon consider a bill to ban what’s popularly known as “revenge porn” – the posting of naked pictures by an ex-lover online. 
 

Albemarle County Prosecutor Denise Lunsford is a powerful woman, and when a former boyfriend posted nude pictures of her on Twitter, she went to court.  The pictures came down, but there was no legal penalty.  Now, Delegate Marcus Simon is stepping up to change that.  He sees revenge porn as a kind of assault and says Lunsford is not alone.

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General Assembly
5:12 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Democrats Hope to Repeal Abortion Laws

Barbara Favola

Some Democratic members of the General Assembly have announced they’ll push to repeal several abortion-related laws that have passed in recent years, which they say are restrictive and set up barriers to women’s reproductive health. The Senators and Delegates say to achieve this goal, they’ll play offensive and defensive roles during the legislative session.

Senator Barbara Favola said women deserve access to safe and legal health care.

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