State Government

Hearing for Sex Offenders
4:56 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Bill Tackles Criminal Name Changes

It’s fairly easy for people in Virginia to change their name, but when it comes to sex offenders, one state lawmaker thinks it should be more difficult.

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VA Senate Votes to Repeal
4:23 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Lawmakers Consider Hybrid Tax Issue

The annual license tax imposed on hybrid vehicles as part of last year’s transportation-funding law may be on its way out.  The Virginia Senate has voted overwhelmingly to repeal the tax, which was never popular in the first place.

Lawmakers who did not want to jeopardize the transportation compromise last year now feel free to get rid of that provision.

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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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