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08 May 2012

New Law Requires Anti-Bullying Training

During its 2012 session, the General Assembly passed legislation requiring teachers and other school personnel to receive training on anti-bullying tactics. Gov. Bob McDonnell has signed the legislation into law; it will take effect in July.

05 May 2012

Virginians ‘Fired Up, Ready to Go’ for Obama Campaign

Thousands of Virginians were “fired up” to see Barack and Michelle Obama at the Democratic presidential campaign’s “Ready to Go Rally” on Saturday. Many people who packed Virginia Commonwealth University’s Siegel Center on Saturday were college students and local supporters. Others came from across the state.

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.

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.

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.

09 Mar 2012

200 Attend Candlelight Vigil Near Governor’s Mansion

More than 200 men and women lined the sidewalk behind the Governor’s Mansion on Thursday night to protest Gov. Bob McDonnell’s signing of a bill requiring women to undergo an ultrasound before an abortion. The candlelight vigil was the fourth event in response to legislation that some demonstrators say is an attack on women’s reproductive rights.

08 Mar 2012

Bill Defines Campus Police as Law Enforcement Officers

Campus police officers across Virginia frequently put their lives at risk, just like members of any city, county or state police force. But in the eyes of the law, campus police are not considered law enforcement officers. A bill passed by the General Assembly would change this.

27 Feb 2012

Reeves Enjoys Success in 1st Senate Term

More than a year before last November’s elections, Spotsylvania County insurance agent Bryce Reeves started campaigning for the 17th Senate District seat. A lot of people figured he would need more than an early start: Reeves, a Republican who had never held elective office, was challenging Edd Houck, a Democrat who had held the Senate seat since 1984. But on Election Day, Reeves won – by 226 votes.

29 Jan 2012

A Tasty Tradition: Legislators Enjoy Brunswick Stew

The Red Oak Stew Crew braved a chill in the early morning air to begin cooking their award-winning Brunswick stew at the state Capitol for the 10th annual Brunswick Stew Day.

21 Jan 2012

Tax Increase on Tobacco Is Snuffed Out

Smokers can breathe – or wheeze – a sigh of relief after legislation to raise the state tax on tobacco products died in a House subcommittee on Friday. House Bill 160, introduced by Delegate Patrick A. Hope, D-Arlington, would have increased Virginia’s tax on cigarettes from 30 cents per pack to $1.45 per pack – a 383 percent boost.