State Government

Medicaid Expansion Debate
5:12 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Chamber of Commerce Health Care Conference

Although Virginia lawmakers are still locked in a stalemate over Medicaid expansion, over the next two days business leaders, health care providers, and technology innovators are addressing the rising costs of healthcare and how to mitigate them—whether lawmakers reach a deal or not.

It’s all part of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Virginia Health Care Conference held in downtown Richmond.

 

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A Search for Answers
7:04 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Train Derailment Prevention a Hot Topic in Richmond This Week

Credit wset.com

The derailment in Lynchburg of a CSX train carrying Bakken crude oil in April could have been much worse … and procedures and policies should be revised to mitigate future risk. That’s the conclusion of a hearing in Richmond led by U.S. Senator Mark Warner… along with emergency responders, public agency heads, and corporate officials. One focus was on the vulnerabilities of transporting oil—and how to prevent such accidents from ever occurring. 

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Global Warming Action
6:34 am
Mon June 2, 2014

New EPA Rules Mean a New Game Plan for Utility Companies

Later today, the Environmental Protection Agency will take a big step toward reducing the risks of climate change – announcing new limits on electric companies responsible for about 40% of the carbon in our atmosphere.  At the Southern Environmental Law Center, Senior Attorney Frank Rambo says states and utilities must then figure out how best to reach those goals. 

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Or Possible Shutdown
4:14 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Open for Business?

For weeks, speculation has run rampant at the State Capitol over what authority Governor McAuliffe might have under the Virginia Constitution to keep the state operating if a budget is not passed by the start of the new fiscal year on July 1st.

Attorneys for the nonpartisan Division of Legislative Services were asked to advise state lawmakers about executive options for paying bills or mitigating a government shutdown.  At the heart of the issue is the constitutional requirement for separation of powers and co-equal branches.

 

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Government & Politics
7:53 am
Tue May 27, 2014

VaNews for 5.26.14

It was raises and pink slips for McDonald's employees in Southside Virginia...and a school board member in Fairfax has changed his prom night plans after a public stir over his Twitter exchange with a student. 

These have been among the most read stories this past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's  VaNews link on vpap.org.

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