April 2012

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30 Apr 2012

Governor Signs Six Bills to Combat Cancer

Gov. Bob McDonnell on Monday ceremonially signed six pieces of legislation that will further cancer-related research, treatment and education.

29 Apr 2012

Legislative Internship Program Is a Capital Idea

At this year’s legislative session, 29 college students from across the state took part in Virginia Capital Semester, an internship program run by Virginia Commonwealth University’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs. The students interned with members of the General Assembly, watching and even shaping how laws are made.

28 Apr 2012

Rally Seeks to Protect Women’s Rights

Virginia politicians and women’s rights advocates gathered in Festival Park on Saturday for a rally called “Unite Against the War on Women.”

25 Apr 2012

Fairfax County Schools Earn 3 Economics Awards

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Fairfax County won two first-place awards in the 2012 Governor’s Challenge in Economics and Personal Finance competition.

25 Apr 2012

Far Fewer Children Dying from Accidents

Fewer children are dying from accidents in Virginia and across the country, according to reports issued by state officials and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The death rate from unintentional injuries for Virginians age 19 and younger fell 45 percent from 2000 to 2009, new figures showed.

25 Apr 2012

Week Highlights Rights, Services for Crime Victims

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli kicked off National Crime Victims’ Rights Week with a press conference featuring a former football player who had been sexually abused as a teenager and a man who spent decades in prison for a crime he didn’t commit.

24 Apr 2012

Students Learn There’s No Shortcut to Success

Students at a Richmond elementary school learned about the value of hard work Monday from a trio of Virginia leaders. Gov. Bob McDonnell, Virginia Commonwealth University basketball coach Shaka Smart and former Navy SEAL John McGuire told fifth-graders at Overby-Sheppard Elementary School that there is no easy path to success.

23 Apr 2012

‘Solar Freedom’ Law Won’t See Light of Day

The General Assembly has upheld Gov. Bob McDonnell’s veto of legislation preventing community associations from prohibiting the installation of solar panels on homes. The Senate could not muster the votes to override the veto of Senate Bill 627, which had been sponsored by Sen. Chap Petersen, D-Fairfax.

22 Apr 2012

Assembly Upholds Governor’s 6 Vetoes

The General Assembly last week upheld all six of Gov. Bob McDonnell’s vetoed bills, including one that would have increased fines on Virginia residents with out-of-state license plates.

22 Apr 2012

EpiPen Law May Save Kids with Allergies

To save children from potentially fatal reactions to food allergies, Virginia last week adopted a law requiring schools to carry epinephrine auto-injectors, such as EpiPens.

22 Apr 2012

New Delegate Seeks Advice from Colleagues

In his first term as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, Michael Webert sought advice from more experienced legislators. Webert, who represents the 18th House District in northwest Virginia, called on such mentors as Delegate Edward Scott, a fellow Republican in a neighboring district.

22 Apr 2012

Because of Dillon, State Rules over Localities

During their recent session, Virginia legislators spent a surprising amount of time dealing with mundane matters – like telling slackers in four localities to mow their lawns. In Virginia, it takes a state law for local governments to order residents to cut their grass or remove trash from their property. That’s because Virginia follows a legal doctrine called the Dillon Rule.

19 Apr 2012

Child Care Can Cost More Than College

Think tuition is high at VCU? The cost of putting a child in the university’s day care center can be even higher. The VCU Child Development Center charges $820 a month for children 3 and under, and $700 a month for older children. In contrast, tuition and mandatory fees for in-state undergraduate students total $9,517 this year – which works out to about $793 a month.

18 Apr 2012

A Virginia Tradition: Shad, Beer and Politics

Rainy weather did not stop more than 2,000 people from coming to the 64th annual Shad Planking in Wakefield this afternoon. Former Gov. George Allen was one of many state politicians who attended, seeking an opportunity to network and campaign with people on a personal level.

18 Apr 2012

Senate Joins House in Passing State Budget

On the fourth try, the Senate joined the House on Wednesday in approving an $85 billion state budget for the next two years. One Democrat, Sen. Charles Colgan of Manassas, joined all 20 Senate Republicans in voting for the budget bill, HB 1301. The House had approved the measure, 77-19, on Tuesday.

17 Apr 2012

Senate Blocks Approval of State Budget

For the third time, the Virginia Senate has refused to compromise on a new state budget, preventing the General Assembly from approving a spending plan for the next two years. The House voted 77-19 on Tuesday in favor of an amended budget bill, HB 1301. But Senate Democrats rejected the measure because it lacks funding for the second phase of the Dulles Rail extension to Loudoun County.

17 Apr 2012

Virginia’s Economy Ranks 3rd in the U.S.

Despite a long recession, Virginia ranks among the top five states with the best economic climates, according to a national lobbying organization. Virginia placed third in the 2012 “Rich States, Poor States” report – a survey conducted annually by the American Legislative Exchange Council.

16 Apr 2012

Senator Advocates Easier Absentee Ballot Process

A state legislator wants to make it easier for Virginians who can’t go to the polls on Election Day to obtain an absentee ballot. Sen. John C. Miller, D-Newport News, has proposed that voters be able to request and receive an absentee ballot by email. They still would have to return the completed absentee ballot by regular mail or by hand.

15 Apr 2012

New Law Lets Motorcyclists Ride Side by Side

Motorcyclists are eager to legally burn rubber side by side now that Gov. Bob McDonnell has signed legislation permitting them to ride two abreast in a single driving lane in Virginia. House Bill 97, sponsored by Delegate Tony Wilt of Harrisonburg, allows two-wheeled motorcycles to drive alongside each other in one lane.

14 Apr 2012

Richmond Celebrates Emancipation Day

Richmond today celebrated its third annual Civil War and Emancipation Day to commemorate the end of slavery and Richmond’s role in the “War Between the States.” Here is CNS reporter Sherese Gore’s slideshow about the day’s events.

13 Apr 2012

McDonnell Visits Canada to Promote Virginia

Gov. Bob McDonnell ventured to Quebec, Canada, this week to promote Virginia’s wine, tourism and film industries. The governor and first lady Maureen McDonnell held a reception for journalists and Canadian business leaders Thursday night in Montreal to showcase wines and foods produced in Virginia, including pork, oysters and cookies.

13 Apr 2012

‘Castle Doctrine’ Proponent Decries Martin Case

Proponents of a “castle doctrine” law for Virginia say it would not condone killings like the death of Trayvon Martin, the teenager gunned down by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Florida.

11 Apr 2012

Governor Amends, Vetoes Numerous Bills

Gov. Bob McDonnell on Tuesday recommended changing some of the requirements in legislation requiring voters to show identification on Election Day. His suggestions would make it slightly easier for people who don’t have proper IDs to have their ballots counted. McDonnell announced that he was recommending changes to 130 laws approved by the General Assembly and that he was vetoing seven bills.

10 Apr 2012

Beekeepers Buzzing About New Grant Program

Beekeepers across Virginia soon will be able to get government money for creating new beehives – a move legislators hope will resurrect the state’s dying bee population. During this year’s regular session, the General Assembly passed legislation to establish a $175,000 fund and award beekeepers as much as $200 for every new beehive, up to $2,400. Gov. Bob McDonnell recently signed the two bills, SB 354 and HB 300, into law.

05 Apr 2012

1,500 Attend Governor’s Easter Egg Hunt

The lawn around the state Capitol was hopping with about 1,500 egg-collecting children Wednesday as Gov. Bob McDonnell and first lady Maureen McDonnell held Virginia’s first “Governor’s Easter Egg Hunt.”

05 Apr 2012

Wrongfully Imprisoned Man to Get More Than $1 Million

A Richmond man who spent nearly three decades wrongfully incarcerated in prison will receive more than $1 million in restitution under a bill signed into law Thursday by Gov. Bob McDonnell.

05 Apr 2012

40 Arrests Made in Child Pornography Investigation

Twenty people have been arrested in Virginia and 20 others elsewhere in an undercover investigation targeting online child predators and child pornographers, officials announced today.

04 Apr 2012

Anti-abortion group draws criticism over display

A national anti-abortion group assembled a graphic display to promote its cause Wednesday in VCU’s Commons Plaza.

01 Apr 2012

VCU Rally Seeks Justice in Trayvon Martin Case

Hundreds of citizens gathered at Virginia Commonwealth University last week for a demonstration in honor of Trayvon Martin, the Florida teenager whose killing has prompted a national debate over guns and self-defense laws.