State Government

Education
4:59 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

School Safety

Public schools would be required to establish threat assessment teams and procedures under legislation that has advanced in the House of Delegates.

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General Assembly
10:38 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Lawmakers Debate Generics

Virginia could become the first state in the nation to restrict a new class of generic medications.  But drug companies want limits and some pharmacists are concerned.

Amgen is the world’s largest biotech company – a California firm that makes medicines from living cells.  These remedies, known as biologicals, are expensive and protected by patents, but the Affordable Care Act clears the way for cheaper, generic forms of these products.  

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General Assembly
9:48 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Payday Lending

Many lawmakers and advocates still have abolishing predatory lending practices in Virginia on their agenda… although it hasn't been discussed much this legislative session. But one organization says that since the General Assembly passed reforms, fewer people have been trapped by the high-interest loans that were supposed to be temporary assistance for those with a financial crisis.

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Transportation
2:20 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Transportation Bill Update

The Virginia Senate has voted for a transportation-funding bill that increases the gas tax, removes most of Governor McDonnell’s proposals, and allows Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads to raise extra revenue.  

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Education
10:37 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Teacher Evaluation Changes Head to the Governor

Legislation to change the process for evaluating public school teachers has cleared the Virginia Senate and is now on its way to the Governor. 

The bill is a compromise negotiated among major stakeholders, including the Virginia Education Association, the Virginia Association of School Superintendents, and the McDonnell administration.  But as that didn’t stop a senator from unsuccessfully proposing a few last-minute amendments.  

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