Archive for April, 2016
New Rules Proposed for Financial Products Considered Predatory Lending
Posted by Virginia Public Radio in Virginia's News on April 29, 2016
Virginia’s car-title lending industry has exploded in the six years since the General Assembly crafted regulations legalizing loans that have more than 200 percent interest rates. But Virginia is not alone. States across the country are struggling to deal with payday loans and Internet loans and open-ended credit loans – a set of financial products critics call “predatory lending.” As Michael Pope reports, that’s why lawmakers in Washington are hoping to create new rules to crack down on the industry.
Justices Consider Former VA Governor’s Corruption Case
Posted by Virginia Public Radio in Daily Capitol News Updates, Uncategorized on April 27, 2016
Although the line of questioning by jurists in any appeals case does not necessarily indicate how they’re leaning, in the appeal of former Governor McDonnell’s corruption convictions, the U.S. Supreme Court justices did NOT seem comfortable with the broad interpretation of the federal law used to convict him. More from Tommie McNeil.
VaNews Issues: Symbols of Racial Injustice, Public Transportation & Gas Prices
Posted by Virginia Public Radio in VaNews from VPAP on April 26, 2016
Cheaper gasoline is good for many people but not so good for some of Virginia’s public transportation systems…and some residents in the Williamsburg area want to change the name of a school that commemorates a defender of segregation. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org. Fred Echols has more.
Former Gov. McDonnell’s Appeal: What’s at Stake
Posted by Virginia Public Radio in Daily Capitol News Updates on April 26, 2016
Just a few years ago, Bob McDonnell was a rising star in Republican politics. Now his fate is before the United States Supreme Court, which will hear oral arguments Wednesday in the case that destroyed his political career and ripped his marriage apart. Michael Pope has this preview.
Ethics Question: Reconsidering Rules on Gifts
Posted by Virginia Public Radio in Daily Capitol News Updates on April 25, 2016
The old saying goes there’s no such thing as a free lunch. But what about elected officials? Should they have to track the value of every meal they are given? Michael Pope has this story on the food fight now playing out in Richmond.
Legislative Tangle Over Car Title Lending
Do state regulators have authority to crack down on car-title lenders? Critics say the industry is predatory and traps consumers in a cycle of debt, and lawmakers asked the State Corporation Commission to take action two months ago. But as Michael Pope reports, regulators are still trying to determine if they have the authority to take action without a new law directing them to do so.
VA Lawmakers Reconvene for Veto Session
Lawmakers are back in Richmond this week to consider Governor Terry McAuliffe’s vetoes and amendments. So far, Republicans in the House have been able to overturn two of the governor’s amendments but they didn’t have the votes on the Senate side. So all the governor’s vetoes will stand. Michael Pope reports.
VA Lawmakers Supporting “States Achieve Medicaid Expansion” Legislation
Posted by Virginia Public Radio in Virginia's News on April 15, 2016
In Washington, Virginia’s two senators are joining forces along with half a dozen other senators to help encourage states to expand Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act. As Michael Pope reports, the law is aimed at extending a deadline that’s already passed.
Lawmakers Hold Stock in Companies that Lobby the General Assembly
Posted by Virginia Public Radio in Daily Capitol News Updates on April 15, 2016
Many of Virginia’s lawmakers own significant stock in some of the companies that do business with the state — including Dominion Power and Altria. That information was made accessible by the Virginia Public Access Project, a nonprofit that tracks money in state politics. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
Attorneys Prepare for Former Gov. McDonnell’s Supreme Court Hearing
Posted by Virginia Public Radio in Daily Capitol News Updates on April 14, 2016
Lawyers involved in the corruption conviction of former Governor Bob McDonnell have been busy with a flurry of legal briefs back and forth as the date for oral arguments approaches at the U.S. Supreme Court. Michael Pope has the story.
Virginia Relies More Heavily on Income Taxes Than Most States
Posted by Virginia Public Radio in Daily Capitol News Updates on April 13, 2016
It’s tax time. Have you filed your tax return yet? If you have, you’re part of a system that funds most state government functions in Virginia. According to data from the Census Bureau, Virginia relies more on income taxes for its state revenue than almost any other state.
VA’s Governor: Keep Lethal Injection Suppliers Secret
Posted by Virginia Public Radio in Daily Capitol News Updates on April 11, 2016
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe is rejecting a bid to bring back the electric chair as the default method of executing criminals on Death Row. Instead, he’s proposing a plan that would allow the state to get lethal drugs from secret providers. Michael Pope reports.
VaNews Topics: Building a Mosque, Passenger Rail Improvements
Posted by Virginia Public Radio in VaNews from VPAP on April 11, 2016
A group that wants to build a mosque in Culpeper County suspects a religious motive in the county’s denial of a permit…and Hanover County residents are hoping to stop plans for passenger rail improvements. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org. More now from Fred Echols.
Deadline Looms for VA Legislation
It’s It’s crunch time for Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, who is facing a deadline this weekend. By Monday morning, he’ll have to have finished considering all the laws passed by the General Assembly this year. Michael Pope reports.
VA State Senators in Contempt in Redistricting Case
A Richmond judge has ruled a group of Virginia state senators in contempt of court — for failing to turn over documents that could be helpful in an ongoing lawsuit.
In question in the suit is whether lawmakers, of both parties, have unconstitutionally drawn up district lines purposefully lumping together certain areas to make reelection easier.
United Offers Direct Flights from Richmond to Denver
Posted by Virginia Public Radio in Daily Capitol News Updates, Virginia's News on April 8, 2016
Flying out west got a little easier for Virginians. For the first time, Richmond’s airport has launched daily non-stop flights to Denver, Colorado through United Airlines. They’re now the longest and farthest flights out of the international airport. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
VA’s Tree Climbers Get View from the Top
Posted by Virginia Public Radio in Virginia's News on April 8, 2016
You may not know it but climbing trees is a competitive sport among certified arborists and three of Virginia’s top professional tree climbers headed to Texas this past weekend to the International Tree Climbing Championship. One, defending his title as world champion. Pamela D’Angelo reports.
Gov. McAuliffe Vetoes Trio of Education Bills
Posted by Virginia Public Radio in Daily Capitol News Updates on April 6, 2016
Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe has vetoed three more bills sent to him by Virginia’s Republican legislature — this time, all dealing with choice in public education. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.