State Government

Government & Politics
8:35 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Virginia Lawmakers Tackle Debt Ceiling Issue

Credit www.patriotstatesman.com

Virginia lawmakers voted largely along party lines on the deal to raise the nation's debt ceiling. 

Conservatives are upset that House Speaker John Boehner moved a bill to raise the debt ceiling that didn’t include any Republican policy priorities.

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Lieutenant Governor as Tie-Breaker
4:43 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

VA Senate Votes Down Ultrasound Mandate

The Virginia Senate has approved legislation to repeal the state law passed two years ago that requires women to have an ultrasound before undergoing an abortion.  The measure was initially defeated—then in a dramatic reversal, was revived.

Bill sponsor Senator Mamie Locke said ultrasounds may not be medical necessary, and those that are can be performed without this law.

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General Assembly
8:43 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Mental Health Custody Issue Moves Forward

Sen. Creigh Deeds

A person in a mental health crisis may be kept in custody for evaluation for up to 24 hours under legislation that has cleared the Virginia Senate. 

The new, 24-hour limit passed over the objections of some in the law enforcement community, who worried that such a lengthy period may divert deputy sheriffs who are detaining the patient from other public safety priorities.

But the bill passed unanimously after an impassioned plea from the Senator who was most recently impacted by flaws in the state’s mental health system.

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Solar Energy Woes
7:28 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Virginia Hoping to Catch Up When It Comes to Solar Power

It’s no surprise that California and Arizona top the list of states installing solar power, but Virginia’s neighbors - Maryland and North Carolina - are in the top ten.   Critics say Virginia is a “dark spot” on the map because government policies don’t promote green energy.  Now, however, the state legislature has approved a bill that will bring down one barrier to solar power.  

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33 Years of Service
2:46 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Lawmakers Honor VT President Charles Steger

VT President Dr. Charles Steger
Credit Virginia Tech

The Virginia General Assembly is recognizing the contributions of Virginia Tech President Charles Steger.

Delegate Joseph Yost of Giles County was joined by Tech alumni from the House of Delegates, to honor Steger for 33 years of service to the Virginia Tech Community and the entire state.  

Yost says Steger, the 15th President at Virginia Tech,  has exemplified the University’s motto, Ut Prosim, “That I May Serve.”

 

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