Posts Tagged General Assembly

Now That the Presidency is Off the Table, What’s Next for McAuliffe?

McAuliffeFormer Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe’s announcement that he will not be running for president may end up reshuffling the deck for this year’s statehouse elections. Michael Pope reports.

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Could Medicaid Reimbursement Be a Solution to Black Maternal Mortality?

StateSeal00This year, lawmakers took action to start collecting data on Virginia’s maternal mortality rate. But, that may end up being just the beginning of the effort. Michael Pope reports.

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Financial Reports Show What Races Are a Priority for Republicans and Democrats This Fall

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All 140 seats in the General Assembly are up for grabs this November. Campaign finance reports released this week show what races Republicans and Democrats are prioritizing. Micheal Pope has details.

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With Every Seat Up for Grabs, Many Republicans are Calling it Quits at the General Assembly

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Nine lawmakers are calling it quits, stepping down from their position in the General Assembly. Michael Pope has the breakdown.

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Paystub Protections Are Now Law in Virginia, With One Notable Exception

StateSeal00Workers across Virginia are about to get a new guarantee — a paystub showing how their salary was calculated and what kind of withholdings were taken out. Michael Pope reports.

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Northam Working to Increase Affordable Housing Options, GOP Support Remains Unclear

virginia_flag_map_0Lawmakers are returning to Richmond Wednesday, where they’ll be considering a proposal from the governor to invest more money into affordable housing. Michael Pope reports.

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Governor Signs Foster Care Reform

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Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, with a bipartisan group of lawmakers, signs foster care reforms into law. (Credit: Mallory Noe-Payne / RADIO IQ)

Virginia’s Governor signed legislation Wednesday to improve the state’s foster care system. The measures increase health and safety standards, plus make it easier for children to be placed with a family member. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Avoiding Eviction: How Virginia is Making the System Easier for Tenants

virginia_flag_map_0It’s a legislative success story. Reporting from the New York Times brought attention to Virginia’s eviction crisis, and a bipartisan group of lawmakers responded. In just a single year, the General Assembly passed a suite of legislation to bring clarity to the eviction process and give renters a second chance.

Mallory Noe-Payne has details.

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Northam Renews Push for a Virginia Hands-Free Law

governor-northam-official-photo_800Drivers in Virginia may soon be subject to a strict new law preventing them from holding their cell phones. Michael Pope reports.

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Virginia CSB’s Offer Same Day Services

StateSeal00Someone trying to get a mental health evaluation can now walk into any of the state’s community services boards and get one right away, instead of waiting days or even weeks for an appointment. It’s a dramatic shift that the state has been working towards for years. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Virginia Dems Propose New Legislative Districts

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Democratic Minority Leader David Toscano speaking at a press conference, along with Democratic Caucus Chair Charniele Herring and Delegate Lamont Bagby. (Credit: Mallory Noe-Payne / RADIO IQ)

Ahead of Thursday’s special legislative session, state Democrats have redrawn eleven legislative districts to comply with a court order. Democrats say their proposed map is constitutional, and that they did not rely on racial demographics. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Lawmakers in Richmond Are at Odds Over What to Do with Federal Tax Cut Money

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Usually it’s a lack of money that creates friction at the state capitol. But now it’s an abundance of it that is causing disagreement between Republicans and Democrats in Richmond. Michael Pope has the story.

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Change May Be On the Way for Virginia Democrats

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Democratic Leader David Toscano of Charlottesville. Some Democrats are hoping to install a new party leader before next year’s General Assembly session begins. (Credit: Creative Commons)

The retirement of a Republican in the House of Delegates is prompting a new wave of soul searching among Democrats. Michael Pope has the story.

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Despite Habeeb Retirement, Republicans Are Likely to Maintain Majority in House of Delegates

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Delegate Greg Habeeb (R-Salem) announced his plans to retire from the General Assembly last week. (Credit: Friends of Greg Habeeb / Creative Commons)

Republicans in the House of Delegates have a one-vote majority. So any shake up of that composition could mean dramatic change. But, even a new vacancy isn’t causing a lot of hope among Democrats. Michael Pope reports.

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Chris Hurst Goes to Richmond

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Chris Hurst thanks supporters for his election to the Virginia House of Delegates representing the New River Valley.

When the Virginia General Assembly convenes next month, there’ll be a lot of new faces. Among them, New River Valley Democrat Chris Hurst.  His race turned out to be most expensive in state history and part of the blue wave that rafted more Democrats into the house, than we’ve seen in a generation. Robbie Harris reports.

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Women Win Big in Virginia’s Elections

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Danica Roem is among the many candidates who won historic elections in Virginia Tuesday. (Credit: Getty Images / The Washington Post)

Although half of Americans are female, only about a quarter of state lawmakers are. Arizona and Vermont have the most women in office: 40%. And while Virginia is nowhere close to that, women did win big election night. Mallory Noe-Payne has details.

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Following The Money From High-Interest Lenders To Lawmakers

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LoanMax is the most generous high-interest leader lender, giving about $350,000 this election cycle. (Credit: Michael Pope)

Companies that offer high-interest loans are fighting back against efforts to reform their industry, and part of that effort involves writing checks to political campaigns. Michael Pope reports.

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Workgroup Tackles Unique Challenges to Virginia’s Coastal Industries

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Virginia’s coastal industries are a major part of the state’e economy, but face distinct threats. (Credit: Pamela D’Angelo)

Virginia is the nation’s third largest producer of marine products, behind Alaska and Louisiana. But working waterfronts in coastal Virginia are under increasing threats from development, sea level rise, subsidence, and loss of marine habitat to name a few. At a recent conference sponsored by the Virginia Coastal Policy Center stakeholders presented a plan to save working waterfronts to members of the General Assembly.

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Attempts to Reform Virginia’s Open Records Law Lead Nowhere, Critics Say

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Many communications in state government remain secret under exemptions to Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act despite attempts to reform the law. (Credit: Bill Dickenson / Flickr)

For the last three years, leaders from across Virginia have been looking at improving the Virginia Freedom of Information Act. But now that they’re done, critics say the final result won’t do much to improve transparency. Michael Pope has more on the law’s exemptions.

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The New Lost Cause: Getting General Assembly to Address Confederate Symbols

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Members of the General Assembly are preparing for the upcoming session, and a number of key issues are emerging. But there’s one issue that’s not expected to be part of the discussion. Michael Pope has the story.

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Balancing Medicaid Looks to Be Tall Task for the General Assembly

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With the General Assembly session weeks away, state leaders are already worried about balancing the books for the next budget. And one issue is proving to be particularly difficult. Michael Pope has the story.

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