State Government

General Assembly
5:26 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Distracted Driving Legislation

The passage of Virginia’s transportation-funding bill was not the only change of heart that took place in the General Assembly this session.  Another was tackling a growing traffic-safety hazard that did not even exist a generation ago—and making it a primary offense. It not only toughens current state penalties against texting while driving, but it targets similar communications.

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Education
4:44 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Fixing Failing Schools

Virginia’s most underperforming schools would be transferred to a new state Opportunity Educational Institution thanks to General Assembly passage of a budget amendment over the weekend. 

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10:09 am
Wed February 20, 2013

K-12 Education Reform Press Conference with Gov Bobby Jindal

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Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal travels to Virginia at Governor McDonnell's request to help push the Governor's K-12 education plans, including an A - F grading system for schools. This is an unedited video of their joint press conference.
Uploaded by vagovernor on 2013-02-08.
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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