State Government

Medication is exempt from sales tax in Virginia, and one other category could be included in that group if the legislature approves.  Lawmakers are considering a bill to stop taxing feminine hygiene products.

Delegate Mark Keam of Vienna says a female staffer convinced him that the legislature needed to look at a new category of products that women of child-bearing age buy – tampons and sanitary napkins.

VA Residents Want Changes to Juvenile Justice System

Jan 28, 2016

Virginians are in strong favor of changes to the juvenile justice system, that’s according to a new poll from Virginia Commonwealth University.

84% of Virginians who were polled support changes to how the state deals with kids who have committed crimes, That’s according to Robyn McDougle, faculty director of VCU’s office of public policy outreach.

“There was strong support across all demographics, across all parties in this idea of doing something different with juveniles in Virginia than what we’re currently doing,” said McDougle.

Virginia has a new economic development proposal for regions within the state…it’s an effort to take some of the decision-making out of the hands of lawmakers and place it back into the hands of  stakeholders.  But as Tommie McNeil reports, the concept called “Go Virginia”  is also getting some mixed reviews.

Virginia’s schools don’t have enough qualified teachers for career and technical classes. So, lawmakers in Richmond are considering a bill that would ease requirements on those jobs. Under proposed legislation, schools could hire part-time professionals who know the subject to teach, but don’t have a teaching license.

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Lawmakers in Richmond are reviewing a bill that would help Virginians cut their energy costs, but critics say it could make power more expensive for customers.

Susan Hill works with people who have drafty homes and high utility bills.

She's in charge of the Richmond Region Energy Alliance, a nonprofit that helps families figure out how to reduce their monthly utility bill.

While the end result is savings, it does require some money down.  

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