State Government

Government & Politics
2:51 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

Accusing the DOJ of Partisan Politics

Credit Morgan Griffith's website

Virginia Republican Congressman Morgan Griffith is accusing the Justice Department of playing partisan politics by investigating a resignation that tilted power in the Virginia Senate. 

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As of July 1st
10:19 am
Wed July 2, 2014

More New Laws: Part 2

While the state budget and Medicaid expansion dominated news coverage of the General Assembly this year, lawmakers also worked on a wide array of other issues. 

A young boy’s accidental death prompted a law to make celebratory gunfire that results in serious injury a felony. To deter human trafficking, pandering that involves a minor is also now a felony. And a new law by Delegate Rob Bell punishes vindictive on-line postings.

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Beginning July 1st
3:20 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

New Laws On the Books

A broad bipartisan and bicameral consensus at the General Assembly may not create sensational headlines—but such agreements do occur.  In Part One of our series on new state laws that take effect this week.

Lawmakers in both parties and Governor McAuliffe made it a priority to cut the number of SOL tests and revise their focus. Early grades will now focus more on reading and math tests. Delegate Tag Greason sponsored a law to limit assessments in third through eighth grades.

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Power of Appropriations
4:22 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

GOP Preps for Battle

Virginia House Republicans are pulling out the big guns and preparing for a major battle with Governor Terry McAuliffe's plans to expand Medicaid on his own.

They asked the former Solicitor General who has argued more Supreme Court cases this century than another other lawyer to provide a legal analysis of McAuliffe’s options. 

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Virginia Budget Woes
8:52 am
Wed June 25, 2014

VA Precedents Slowing Down Governor McAuliffe's Efforts

House Speaker Bill Howell

When House of Delegates Speaker Bill Howell ruled two of Governor McAuliffe’s line-item vetoes out of order Monday night, he cited the state Constitution and Virginia Supreme Court precedents for doing so. 

Those include a 1996 case where then—as now—one major dispute was over budget language about federal funds. 


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