January 2015

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31 Jan 2015

Virginia bill allowing Uber, Lyft approved

After a yearlong ban, Uber, Lyft and other app-based ride-sharing services soon will have a law allowing them to operate legally in Virginia.

31 Jan 2015

Protect Us Against Floods, Coastal Officials Say

Local, state and military officials from Tidewater want Virginia to participate in a market-based initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions – which they said would general $200 million to combat coastal flooding.

30 Jan 2015

Most Virginians Say Bullying Is Serious

Half of Virginians view bullying and harassment as a “very serious problem” at school, and another third think it is “somewhat serious,” according to a statewide poll.

28 Jan 2015

Don’t Start School Before Labor Day, Group Says

Virginia schools should not be allowed to start classes before Labor Day, a coalition of state legislators and tourism officials said Wednesday. They voiced support for the current law requiring schools to begin after Labor Day, the traditional end of the tourism season, unless they get permission from the state.

27 Jan 2015

House OKs Money for Veterans Care Centers

A pair of bills that would provide $66.7 million in state funding for new veterans care centers passed in the House of Delegates on Tuesday.

27 Jan 2015

Committee OKs Nondiscrimination Bill

By one vote, the Senate General Laws and Technology Committee has approved a bill that prohibits discrimination in public employment based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

26 Jan 2015

#SaveJosh Campaign Inspires Legislation

Josh Hardy, a Fredericksburg boy battling a rare disease, has inspired state Sen. Bryce Reeves to sponsor legislation making it easier for terminally ill patients to obtain investigational drugs that have not yet been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

26 Jan 2015

Bill Would ‘Ban the Box’ on Job Applications

A Senate committee on Monday narrowly approved a bill that would prohibit state agencies from asking job applicants if they have a criminal history on employment applications.

25 Jan 2015

Health Secretary Urges Medicaid Expansion

Virginia’s secretary of health and human services, William A. Hazel, wants legislators to put aside their political differences and ensure that every resident of the commonwealth has access to affordable health care.

23 Jan 2015

Virginia Infrastructure Earns Grade of C-

Virginia’s bridges, roads and other infrastructure have earned a grade of C-minus from the American Society of Civil Engineers.

23 Jan 2015

Families Testify for Medical Marijuana

Four families presented emotional testimony in support of a Senate bill to allow doctors in Virginia to prescribe medical marijuana products to people suffering from epilepsy.

22 Jan 2015

Herring Creates 1st AG Unit for Animal Law

RICHMOND – Attorney General Mark Herring announced Thursday that his office is creating a unit to train and guide local law enforcement and state agencies on how to pursue cases involving animal welfare or abuse.

21 Jan 2015

Panel Kills Bills to Put Legal Ads Online

A legislative subcommittee has defeated two bills that would have allowed local governments to publish legal ads and other public notices on their websites instead of in local newspapers.

20 Jan 2015

Panel OKs Law to Protect Bicyclists

The House Transportation Committee approved a bill Tuesday to make it illegal for the operator of a motor vehicle to follow a bicycle or moped too closely.

20 Jan 2015

Committee Rejects Minimum Wage Hike

RICHMOND – Voting along party lines, the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee on Monday killed a bill to raise Virginia’s minimum wage to $8 an hour and then gradually to $10.10 an hour.

19 Jan 2015

Virginians Hold Dueling Rallies Over Guns

By Kelsey Callahan and Lyndsey Raynor Capital News Service   RICHMOND – Virginians from across the state converged on the Capitol on Monday to voice differing opinions about the commonwealth’s gun laws. Two rallies took place at Capitol Square – one in support of Second Amendment rights, the other to protest gun violence. At each […]

19 Jan 2015

Bill would require AG to defend Va. Constitution

by Ashley Jordan, Capital News Service A Republican legislator from Williamsburg is pushing for a law to require the state attorney general to defend the Virginia Constitution – which the current officeholder, Democrat Mark Herring, declined to do regarding the commonwealth’s ban on same-sex marriage. House Bill 1573, which was proposed last week by Del. […]

16 Jan 2015

2 Bills Target Human Trafficking at General Assembly

Two bills before the General Assembly would impose harsher penalties on people convicted of human trafficking and fund services to help victims of the crime.

15 Jan 2015

How Virginians Feel about Campus Safety

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14 Jan 2015

Governor, Delegate Tout Bipartisan Transportation Bills

RICHMOND – Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and the Republican chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, Delegate Chris Jones of Suffolk, have joined forces to push for two bills aimed at reforming the state’s transportation system.

13 Jan 2015

Bill Would Address Reporting of Sexual Assaults

A state legislator from Northern Virginia urged her colleagues Tuesday to pass a bill requiring that campus sexual assaults be reported promptly to the local commonwealth’s attorney instead of being handled solely by campus and local police.

11 Jan 2015

Ethics Reform

With a former governor heading to prison for corruption and his successor calling for a cap on gifts to politicians, ethics reform is high on the agenda for the Virginia General Assembly’s 2015 session.

08 Jan 2015

House Republicans Unveil Education Reforms

House Republican leaders outlined their K-12 education agenda for the 2015 General Assembly on Thursday, echoing several goals announced by Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe a day earlier.

08 Jan 2015

Women’s Equality Coalition Announces Agenda

ProgressVA, the Virginia Latina Advocacy Network and other women’s rights and health advocacy groups launched the Women’s Equality Coalition on Thursday, announcing their legislative agenda for the 2015 General Assembly session.

07 Jan 2015

Parents Seek Funding for Mental Health Services

Central Virginia residents packed a legislative committee hearing Wednesday to call for more funding for child mental health services, more help for individuals with intellectual disabilities and tighter regulations of private homes providing day care.

06 Jan 2015

Timeline of the McDonnell Case

Bob McDonnell was elected in a landslide and took office as the commonwealth’s 71st governor in January 2010. On Tuesday, just five years later, he was sentenced to prison for corruption. Here are key dates as McDonnell went from a rising star in the Republican Party to the first Virginia governor convicted of a felony.

06 Jan 2015

Ex-Gov. McDonnell Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison

Former Gov. Bob McDonnell was sentenced Tuesday to 24 months in prison after being convicted of 11 felony corruption charges in September.

05 Jan 2015

Henrico Residents Seek Leniency for McDonnell

Prominent Henrico County residents wrote letters attesting to former Gov. Bob McDonnell’s character and integrity and urging a federal judge to show leniency in sentencing him for public corruption.

03 Jan 2015

U.Va. President Seeks Leniency for McDonnell

University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan is among the more than 400 letter writers urging a federal judge to be lenient Tuesday in sentencing former Gov. Bob McDonnell for corruption.