State Government

Government & Politics
4:00 am
Mon January 13, 2014

General Assembly: New Amendments

When Governor McDonnell gave his final State of the Commonwealth address, he once again asked for a change in the state Constitution to allow automatic restoration of rights to felons.

But  those who are closely monitoring the current General Assembly session with hopes of this or other big constitutional changes… may be in for a bit of a disappointment.

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Transportation
5:13 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

All Aboard for Roanoke

Officials with the Department of Rail and Public transportation and Norfolk Southern have signed an agreement to extend Amtrak service from Lynchburg to Roanoke. 

Governor McDonnell says last year’s transportation funding plan was instrumental in funding the return of intercity passenger rail service to the Star City for the first time in more than 30 years.  State Department of Rail and Public Transportation Director Thelma Drake says the agreement is a big step forward

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Suicide Still a Crime in VA
3:22 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Lawmaker Fights Unnecessary Stigma

There’s no law on the books, but under Virginia’s common law, suicide is considered a crime.  In the current legislative session, one delegate thinks it’s time for the Commonwealth to change that. 

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Government & Politics
7:49 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Childhood Education Still a Contentious Issue

In an address on school choice, or voucher programs, Virginia Republican Congressman Eric Cantor lashed out at President Obama and others. 

Cantor - the number two House Republican - has been touring city schools from his Richmond district to as far away as Denver. He says to alleviate poverty the government should get out of the way of low income families who want to send their kids to charter schools.

“But right now school choice is under attack.”

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Bill to Create State Ethics Commission
11:38 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Bipartisan Ethics Reform

Democratic and Republican leaders in the House of Delegates have announced a bipartisan package of reforms to Virginia’s ethics and disclosure laws.

Loopholes in current state policies came to light last year following news reports of gifts given to Governor McDonnell and his family by Star Scientific’s former CEO, Jonnie Williams.

The proposal aims to correct those deficiencies without an absolute ban on giving or receiving.  

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