State Government

Government & Politics
5:40 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Predicting US Energy Policy in GOP Senate

What would the nation’s energy policy look like if Republicans capture the Senate this fall? Capitol Hill reporter Matt Laslo caught up with Virginia lawmakers and energy analysts to find out the potential impact on the commonwealth. 

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Widowed Military Spouses
4:33 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Proposed Amendment to State Constitution on Ballot

Credit Flickr User Vox Efx / Creative Commons

While the U.S. Senate and congressional elections have garnered most of the news headlines, Virginia voters will also see something else on the ballot when they go to the polls next week.  It’s a proposed amendment to the state Constitution that would enable local property tax relief for the surviving spouses of members of the military who were killed in action - a measure that sailed through the General Assembly without ANY “no” votes. 

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Ethics in Government
4:40 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Governor-Appointed Panel Examines State and Local Ethics Laws

Former Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling and former Rep. Rick Boucher chair the commission meeting

A blue-ribbon panel created by Governor McAuliffe to probe state and local ethics laws and recommend reforms met for the first time Monday and got right to work.

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Grading our Congress
7:30 am
Thu October 23, 2014

How Do Virginia Lawmakers Rate?

Virginia lawmakers are asking you to put them back in office on November fourth but how effective have they been? A look at the bills passed this session. 

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Virginia Commission on Youth
4:27 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Investigating Unlawful Adoptions

Virginia Commission on Youth

The Virginia Commission on Youth is scrutinizing the practice of finding new homes and transferring custody of adopted children—while bypassing state oversight and safeguards. 

The practice—known as “re-homing”—was uncovered through last year’s Reuters and NBC News investigation, which found an underground market for adoptive parents who no longer wish to care for their adopted child. 

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