State Government

Virginia Senate Votes to Adjourn Special Session

Aug 17, 2015

Governor McAuliffe called the General Assembly into special session to redraw the Commonwealth’s congressional district boundaries, but Republican lawmakers first used the opportunity to try to advance their own selection to the state Supreme Court. 

The day’s sessions turned into a tug-of-war between supporters of McAuliffe’s interim nominee, Justice Jane Marum Roush, and advocates of the GOP’s choice, state Court of Appeals Judge Rossie Alston. 

Virginia's growing craft beer culture is running into complications as the state tries to decide how to regulate the brewers...and Petersburg's sheriff is facing a lawsuit from a surprising source, the City of Petersburg. Those stories have been among the most read over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews

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Across the nation crowd-funding is enabling entrepreneurs and dreamers to bring their ideas to fruition by allowing start-ups to get help from other individuals and businesses.

And as of July 31st, Virginia has been allowing crowd-funding offerings-but in order to protect investors, the State Corporation Commission is implementing new regulations.
 

State legislators meet in a special session Monday to discuss how they will redraw congressional boundaries after two courts ruled the current map is unconstitutional, but lawmakers are likely to divide along partisan lines.

Under a federal court order, Virginia’s legislature has until September first to come up with a new map that eliminates racial gerrymandering – drawing strangely shaped districts that minimize the influence African Americans can have in electing candidates to Congress. Dale Eisman is with the watchdog group Common Cause.

Virginia is one of 19 states that have not expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.  So community clinics here are expanding their mission and changing their image as they strive to fill the gap. 

There’s a misperception that what used to be called Free Health Clinics still serve only adults who can’t afford to pay… that people fortunate enough to have health insurance, should never patronize.  But in fact, the opposite is true.

“Now we see everyone. We see children, adults, the uninsured, homeless and the insured individual.”

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