State Government

General Assembly
4:22 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

E Cigarettes May Be a Thing of the Past for Young Virginians

Young people under the age of 18 would no longer be permitted to buy electronic cigarettes under legislation that’s in its final stage at the General Assembly.  The bill targets the delivery devices—regardless of their shape or size—and the related vapor products that contain nicotine..

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Government & Politics
9:15 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Felon Voting Rights Still a Work In Progress

Many federal lawmakers are echoing Attorney General Eric Holder’s call to restore voting rights to felons in Virginia. 

In a couple states felons can vote while in prison. In many right after they leave the gates their voting rights are restored. Not in Virginia.

The commonwealth is one of just a handful of states that doesn’t restore voting rights upon being released from prison or completing probation or parole, which Attorney General Holder says is unjust.

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Government & Politics
7:47 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Medicaid Expansion: Two Sides, Two Opinions

The Commonwealth’s business leaders held dueling news conferences yesterday to express opposing views on enrolling hundreds of thousands of additional low-income residents in Medicaid. 

The Virginia Chamber of Commerce stressed that it’s against a traditional expansion of Medicaid—but it likes the state Senate’s plan for using private insurance through a new Marketplace Virginia.  The National Federation of Independent Business believes that Medicaid growth will become fiscally unsustainable. 

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Virginia Public Access Project
9:47 am
Mon February 24, 2014

VaNews for 02.24.14

The prayers that open every session of the Virginia House of Delegates are being questioned by some members....and Norfolk has decided it's best to let nature have its way, at least in some cases.

Those stories are among the most read in recent days at the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link on vpap.org.

 

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General Assembly
3:44 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Playing Politics with the State Budget

One reason it's prudent for lawmakers to review the fine print of amendments offered to the Virginia state budget is because it may contain legislation that might not pass both houses on its own. Such is the case with an amendment approved by the House and attached to its version of the state budget. It directs the executive branch on how to proceed in controversial cases, such as the lawsuit challenging Virginia's same-sex marriage ban.

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