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Posted in Daily Capitol News Updates on March 11, 2014
Virginia will have new rules for managing people in a psychiatric crisis under final legislation approved on the last day of the General Assembly session. The bills extend the length of time that a person in a dangerous state of mind can be held in an emergency and ensure that a secure psychiatric bed will be found. And as Virginia Public Radio’s Anne Marie Morgan reports, this is only the first step for an initiative that will also evaluate how well the new system works.
Posted in Virginia's News on March 11, 2014
The president’s newly unveiled budget is rekindling a debate at the U-S Capitol over the role of the government in people’s lives. Matt Laslo checked in with Virginia lawmakers and has this report about how it would impact the commonwealth.
A Virginia lawyer is on his way to the U.S. Supreme Court to defend the right of a man to grow a beard. Sandy Hausman reports on why seven states will be watching that case closely.
A Capitol Hill reporter has just launched a new project that aims to get lawmakers away from their usual scripts. Connie Stevens reports it all starts with a cold craft beer and a little distance from the hallowed halls of Congress.
Posted in Daily Capitol News Updates on March 10, 2014
While Virginia’s former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife fight a host of charges that they contend broke no ethics laws, Virginia lawmakers have advanced a series of bills that give elected officials and lobbyists a clearer picture of what’s legal and what isn’t. As Virginia Public Radio’s Tommie McNeil reports, state lawmakers sought to close some loopholes in existing law, while not making the requirements so burdensome that honest mistakes would be severely punished.
Posted in VaNews from VPAP on March 10, 2014
One of the more brutal events of Virginia’s 20th Century history is remembered and Charlottesville City Council says “no” to a budget cutting suggestion. Those stories have been among the most read this past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org. Fred Echols has more.
Posted in Virginia's News on March 7, 2014
Senate Bill 51 sounded like a no brainer – a way to help farmers and promote agritourism, but it turns out that measure and a similar one approved by the House could make life miserable for people who live near farms that invite people to pick their own fruit, wander through corn mazes or take part in pumpkin carving competitions. As Sandy Hausman reports, Senate Bill 51 prevents counties from regulating the noise and traffic generated by such events.
Posted in Virginia's News on March 6, 2014
It’s well documented that the American banjo has its origins in instruments brought to the colonies by enslaved Africans. Reporter Allison Quantz has the story of three musicians, two from Virginia and one hailing from Mali, who came together to explore their shared musical traditions.
Posted in Virginia Conversations on March 6, 2014
We hear from out-going President Charles Steger, who wraps up more than 14 years at the helm in June. And host May-Lily Lee talks with Tech’s new President, Doctor Timothy Sands of Purdue University, about his road to Blacksburg and where he sees the school heading over the coming years.
Posted in Daily Capitol News Updates on March 5, 2014
A Virginia Senate bill that would limit the use of—and eventually phase out—the controversial practice of fox-penning has cleared another legislative hurdle. The bill, which is now a compromise version, would allow the state’s 36 pens to remain open for 40 years but ban the creation of new ones. Virginia Public Radio’s Tommie McNeil reports that the measure would also cap the number of penned foxes statewide to 900—down from an average of 1,200.
Posted in Daily Capitol News Updates on March 4, 2014
The probability that the Virginia General Assembly will not complete its work by its scheduled Saturday adjournment has grown to a near-certainty. House of Delegates GOP leaders on Tuesday called on the Senate to set aside its version of Medicaid expansion—known as Marketplace Virginia—to speed up passage of what Republicans are calling a “clean budget” without it. As Virginia Public Radio’s Anne Marie Morgan reports, they also proposed a special session just to consider expanding the Medicaid program.
Posted in Daily Capitol News Updates on March 3, 2014
Board has survived in the state Senate by a single vote. Republican Boyd Marcus stunned the political establishment when he endorsed McAuliffe for Governor and began paid work for his Democratic gubernatorial campaign two months before the November election. And as Virginia Public Radio’s Anne Marie Morgan reports, following a final Senate vote on the full legislation, the nomination must undergo more scrutiny in the House of Delegates.