State Government

General Assembly 2015
8:03 am
Tue February 3, 2015

Bill Allowing Guns on School Grounds Shot Down

Senator Chap Peterson argues against the bill.
Credit Anne Marie Morgan

The Virginia Senate has shot down legislation to allow people with concealed-carry permits to possess a handgun on school property after normal school hours.  The bill applied only to those times when no school-sponsored functions or extracurricular activities were taking place. Questions about how residents would determine which events are school-sponsored were an insurmountable hurdle to some lawmakers.

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General Assembly 2015
8:22 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Proposed Bill would Reign In Lawmaker Spending on Private Law Firms

Senator Mark Obenshain
Credit HuffingtonPost.com

It’s not unusual for Attorneys General or Governors to hire counsel from private law firms when they believe they need special expertise or legal services. Now a bill to rein in spending and hold both officeholders accountable for outside counsel they seek on the taxpayer's dime has passed the State Senate. They also would have to explain why the special counsel IS in the public interest before entering into a contract.

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Part 1 of 2
4:00 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Without Medicaid Expansion, Hospitals Say They’ll Be In Critical Condition

Virginia’s hospitals are required  to treat anyone who comes to their emergency rooms, and they’re spending about $600 million a year on charity care.  Meanwhile, state lawmakers refuse to expand Medicaid, and the federal government is cutting payments for Medicare.  Unless something is done,  some hospitals say they may be forced to close.  

Patricia Springer owns a small business – Moonbeam Massage.  She’s happy to help people who’ve suffered an injury or illness, but since the great recession began, business has been slow.

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App-Based Service Rules
8:46 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Cab Drivers Rally for More Ride Sharing Regulations

Flickr user Emanuele
Credit Creative Commons

In Richmond, hundreds of taxicab drivers from across the commonwealth are at the Capitol to rally for new regulations for app- based, ride hailing companies. 

Earlier this week, lawmakers struck a deal with Uber and Lyft to create new regulations for the ride-hailing companies.

"Under the old rules, basically the taxicab rules, the ability to operate Uber and Lyft was going to expire soon."

That's Republican Delegate Tim Hugo of Centreville.

"So they needed some sort of authority granting them the ability to operate in Virginia."

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McDonnell Trial
8:38 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Bob McDonnell's Priest Says Former Governor is Hopeful

In Virginia, Bob McDonnell's priest says the former governor is hopeful that an appeals court will overturn his conviction for public corruption. 

McDonnell was supposed to report to a federal prison a week from Monday. But now that's not happening, thanks to a ruling from the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Now those closest to the governor say McDonnell is hoping that ruling is an indication of things to come.

"He is still wrapped in the excitement."

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