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Posted in Daily Capitol News Updates on February 25, 2014
The Commonwealth’s business leaders held dueling news conferences today [Monday] to express opposing views on enrolling hundreds of thousands of additional low-income residents in Medicaid. The Virginia Chamber of Commerce stressed that it’s against a traditional expansion of Medicaid—but it likes the state Senate’s plan for using private insurance through a new Marketplace Virginia. But as Virginia Public Radio’s Anne Marie Morgan reports, the National Federation of Independent Business believes that Medicaid growth will become fiscally unsustainable.
Posted in Virginia's News on February 25, 2014
Posted in Uncategorized on February 24, 2014
One reason that it’s prudent for lawmakers to review the fine print of amendments offered to the Virginia state budget is because it may contain legislation that might not pass both houses on its own. Such is the case with an amendment approved by the House and attached to its version of the state budget. As Virginia Public Radio’s Tommie McNeil reports, it directs the executive branch on how to proceed in controversial cases, such as the lawsuit challenging Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban.
The state Senate also used this approach by passing a budget amendment to create the “Marketplace Virginia” health insurance exchange that’s not popular with many delegates in the House.
Posted in VaNews from VPAP on February 24, 2014
The prayers that open every session of the Virginia House of Delegates are being questioned by some members….and Norfolk has decided it’s best to let nature have its way, at least in some cases. Those stories are among the most read in recent days at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org. Fred Echols reports.
Posted in Virginia Conversations on February 21, 2014
On this edition of Virginia Conversations, reforming the state’s Standards of Learning tests. Educators, lawmakers, and parents often have a love-hate relationship with the S-O-Ls, but there seems to be bipartisan agreement in the General Assembly that the exams need to be re-worked.
Posted in Virginia's News on February 20, 2014
Posted in Daily Capitol News Updates on February 20, 2014
The Virginia House of Delegates is set to vote on a Senate-approved bill that would give pet lovers more assurances that the puppy they bring home becomes a permanent family member … instead of a tragedy or significant financial burden. As Virginia Public Radio’s Tommie McNeil reports, the Senate bill—also known as “Bailey’s Law” in honor of a sick beagle—updates the state’s pet “lemon law” and holds pet stores more accountable.
If Governor McAuliffe agrees, small farmers could operate agritourism activities under less restrictive regulations … thanks to legislation that has now passed both houses of the General Assembly. The new law would prohibit local governments from requiring special-use permits and imposing stringent noise regulations unless there’s a substantial impact on public welfare or safety. As Virginia Public Radio’s Anne Marie Morgan reports, while small farmers embraced this bill, they did not get everything they wanted during the legislative session.
A bipartisan group of state senators and delegates has formed the General Assembly’s first-ever “Personal, Privacy Protection Caucus” of lawmakers. Their goal is to refine the law to prevent state and local governments from large-scale gathering and storage of personal data—especially if it takes place without individual warrants. As Virginia Public Radio’s Anne Marie Morgan reports, the members say they’re also trying to strike the right balance between public safety and Fourth Amendment protections.
The caucus plans to hold hearings and consult law enforcement this year to craft new legislation.
Posted in Virginia's News on February 18, 2014
It’s been over a year since the publication of a new book about Thomas Jefferson and his slaves. It won rave reviews from many parts of the country, but in Charlottesville the author is still attacked in certain circles. Sandy Hausman reports on why Henry Wiencek’s work remains extremely controversial.
Posted in VaNews from VPAP on February 17, 2014
A Virginia couple is at risk of losing $150,000 after challenging the state over the value of condemned land….and restaurant owner has run into some complications over a sign in a Norfolk historic district. Those stories are among the most clicked this past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org. Fred Echols reports.
Posted in Daily Capitol News Updates on February 14, 2014
Reaction to federal Judge Arenda Wright Allen’s ruling that struck down Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban was swift—with fervent discussion among Virginia lawmakers, a news conference from the state Attorney General who rallied against the law, and gay couples who try, but fail, on Valentine’s Day to get marriage licenses. Virginia Public Radio’s Tommie McNeil has more from the State Capitol.