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14 May 2012

Teen Goes Undercover to Nab Illicit Sellers

Jessica Wood understands better than most how easy it is for minors to purchase alcohol and tobacco in Virginia. When she was 15, she had an unusual part-time job – helping undercover agents bust retailers who sell such products to minors.

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.

24 Mar 2012

Panel Debates Religious Groups’ Birth Control Coverage

A Catholic lobbyist, a state legislator and other experts this week debated whether the federal law requiring employers to provide health insurance coverage for birth control violates the religious freedoms of faith-based institutions.

08 Mar 2012

Students Visit Capitol as ‘Delegate for a Day’

Instead of sitting in a classroom studying government, students from more than 15 schools in Delegate Rick Morris’ House district got a front-row seat to see how laws were made this legislative session. They participated in Morris’ “Delegate for a Day” program, which wrapped up last week.

11 Feb 2012

Ex-Sen. Quayle Appointed to Parole Board

During his 20 years as a state senator, Fred Quayle served on the Senate Courts of Justice Committee. The panel handled legislation to write or revise criminal laws, establish punishment levels and shape the parole system, he noted. Quayle’s committee work and other legislative experience helped prepare him for his next role in state government – as a member of the Virginia Parole Board.

29 Jan 2012

Businesses May Be Paid For ‘Lost Profits’

Several state legislators are sponsoring proposals to require governments to compensate property owners when public works crews block roads or sidewalks and prevent customers from getting to businesses.

25 Jan 2012

Marshall Sees Hope for ‘Personhood’ Bill

Now that Democrats no longer control the House or the Senate, Delegate Bob Marshall, R-Manassas, is hoping the General Assembly will pass his bill defining a human embryo or fetus is a person under the law.

13 Jan 2012

With Business Focus, Delegate Morris Takes Office

Rick Morris, former chairman of the Isle of Wight County Republican Party, moved into his office this week as the new delegate representing the 64th House District. Morris won the seat last fall from Delegate William Barlow, a Democrat who held the position for 20 years.