State Government

Public Health Issues
4:35 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Access to Vital Records

Listening to some of the tales of how people obtained copies of their birth certificates is like hearing the hobbit, Frodo Baggins, recount his journey into Mordor. But Governor McAuliffe says Virginia is now writing a new chapter—by making those documents accessible through any DMV office.

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Cap on Gifts
10:13 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Ethics Reform at the Capitol

Slightly more than two months after taking office, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe is responding to questions about ethics reform …as former Governor Bob McDonnell awaits a trial this summer involving gift-giving.  The scandal prompted the General Assembly to pass and send to the Governor new ethics reform legislation, which now awaits his signature, amendments, or veto. 
 

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Government & Politics
7:06 am
Wed March 26, 2014

General Assembly Special Session: The Latest

Credit vapublicradio.org

The House of Delegates was hard at work Tuesday night…and following lengthy debate, approved a new state budget for the 2015 and 2016 fiscal years.  It’s the only budget bill that’s moved forward so far during the Special Session that began on Monday.  House conferees incorporated some of the items they discussed during initial budget negotiations with their Senate counterparts. 

House Majority Leader Kirk Cox said the budget includes cost-of-competing funds for Northern Virginia schools and extra compensation for college faculty and state employees.

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Government & Politics
8:11 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Medicaid Expansion Goes Nowhere After Special Session

Credit Bob Brown, Richmond Times-Dispatch

McAuliffe attached 104 amendments to former Gov. Bob McDonnell’s budget. They include a two-year PILOT program to enroll hundreds of thousands of additional Virginians in Medicaid. The Governor said he received federal assurance that the state CAN withdraw from this expansion in the future without penalties.

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Begins July 1st
4:00 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Voter Identification Law

Virginia's new voter ID law that limits access to the ballot without the proper photo ID will soon go into effect, and the State Board of Elections is tasked with informing the public about the new change before the November elections.

The Board's strategy includes launching a voter outreach, marketing, and public awareness campaign well before then.

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