Tag: General Assembly

Del. Sam Rasoul calls for amending U.S., Virginia constitutions to limit corruption

Delegate Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke City) has announced that he will call for changes to the constitutions of both the United States and Virginia during the upcoming 2015 General Assembly session. Rasoul aims to restore fairness to elections and end gerrymandering via the legislation.


Ken Plum: Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

The editorial in the September 21, 1897 New York Sun, responding to a letter from eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon who had inquired about whether there was a Santa Claus, has become the most reprinted newspaper editorial, according to the Newseum.


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Will Medicaid expansion issue push General Assembly into second overtime?

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is going to make a push for Medicaid expansion in the 2015 Virginia General Assembly session. Augusta Free Press editor Chris Graham joins host Jim Bresnahan on WREL-1450AM to discuss the impact that the Medicaid push may have on what promises to be a contentious winter in the state capital.


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Charlottesville man receives right to vote, registers immediately at governor’s media conference

Davon Miller received his certificate showing his rights had been restored at a meeting with the Governor and Secretary of the Commonwealth Levar Stoney.


Game on: What happens if colleges can’t rely on student fees to fund athletics anymore?

The dirty little secret of college athletics is that they don’t pay for themselves, even football and men’s basketball, and that any athletics department budget is balanced on the backs of kids who don’t play college sports, may not attend any games and have to borrow money and work part-time jobs for the privilege.


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House Majority Leader Kirk Cox proposes caps on mandatory student athletic fees

Virginia House of Delegates Majority Leader Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights) announced Thursday that he will propose legislation in the 2015 General Assembly session to cap student athletic fees at Virginia’s four-year public universities.


Ken Plum: On the agenda for the Virginia General Assembly

One of the most frequently asked questions of me this time of year is, “What will the General Assembly be doing when it meets?”


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Virginia Organizing comment on Governor McAuliffe, Medicaid

Virginia Organizing applauded Governor Terry McAuliffe’s action on Medicaid expansion by including the item in his proposed budget amendments. Virginia Organizing Chairperson Sandra A. Cook issued the following statement.


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Governor Terry McAuliffe remarks to the Joint Money Committees

Prepared remarks by Governor Terry McAuliffe to the Joint Money Committees in the Virginia General Assembly in Richmond, Va., on Dec. 17, 2014.


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VEDP is No. 2 in Top 10 state economic development organization ranking for 2014

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) received the No. 2 spot in The American Economic Development Institute and Pollina Corporate Real Estate’s Top 10 State Economic Development Organizations ranking for 2014.


Conservation easements prove good option for farmland preservation

One of Virginia’s oldest land conservation options has proven to be a valuable tool for farmers and other landowners seeking to protect their property from development.


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Virginia House Democrats statement on the conviction of Joe Morrissey

In light of his conviction for contributing to the delinquency of a minor, the House Democratic Caucus calls for the immediate resignation of Delegate Joe Morrissey.


Ken Plum: A legislator’s holiday season

The multiple celebrations that make up the holiday season bring travel, big meals, and family and friend reunions. For state legislators the end of the year and the holidays bring an additional dimension: preparation for the next legislative session.


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Primary, or convention? How the battle in the 24th will play out

If Emmett Hanger wants a primary, Emmett Hanger gets a primary. That’s how Virginia state law is written. Backers of one of his potential Republican nomination opponents in the 24th Senate District want to change the rules to give district GOP committees the power to choose how a nominee is decided.


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Virginia House Republican leaders propose $100 gift cap

Virginia House of Delegates Republican leaders on Wednesday proposed a $100 gift cap on both tangible and intangible gifts.


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Virginia awards $21.5 million in grants for stormwater pollution reduction efforts

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Virginia has awarded about $21.5 million in grants under the Stormwater Local Assistance Fund.


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Governor McAuliffe appoints Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple to the Virginia Board of Health

Today Governor McAuliffe appointed former Senator Mary Margaret Whipple to the Virginia Board of Health.


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UVA special collections exhibit explores the Civil War in many voices

Battles in the U.S. Civil War ravaged the landscape, political maneuvers transformed the economy and profound regional tensions resulted in the creation of West Virginia.


House Speaker Bill Howell on ethics commission recommendations

House Speaker Bill Howell issued the following statement Monday on the interim recommendations of Governor Terry McAuliffe’s Commission on Integrity and Public Confidence in State Government.


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Governor McAuliffe announces SOL Innovation Committee’s interim recommendations

Secretary of Education Anne Holton announced that the Standards of Learning (SOL) Innovation Committee has completed their first round of interim recommendations.


Del. Sam Rasoul releases first bill for 2015 session: Tax break on renewable energy

Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke City) has introduced legislation that would see decreased taxes for businesses utilizing renewable energy.


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Sens. Petersen and Stuart propose gift ban for Virginia elected officials

State Sens. Chap Petersen and Richard Stuart have written the first gift-ban ethics reform bill for the 2015 General Assembly session.


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ACLU urges Crime Commission to stop the criminalization of teenage sexting

The ACLU of Virginia released a letter it sent to members of the Virginia State Crime Commission recommending against any legislation to criminalize teenage sexting.


Ken Plum: Protracted General Assembly session

The Virginia General Assembly adjourned its regular session in early March this year and immediately went into special session that while still continuing has become the longest special session ever.


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Farm Bureau identifies critical issues for 2015

Farm Bureau producer members across Virginia are gearing up to discuss critical issues with state legislators in order to bring them up to speed for the 2015 Virginia General Assembly.


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McAuliffe announces first Mid-Atlantic commercial hops processing operation

Black Hops Farm, LLC will initially convert 15 acres of former pasture land into a hopsyard and build a new processing facility, becoming the largest hopsyard in Virginia.


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Virginia Organizing to lead demonstration at Senate Finance Committee meeting on Friday

As the Virginia Senate Finance Committee meets in Staunton to discuss Virginia’s economy and budget outlook, Virginia Organizing leaders will gather to show support for Medicaid expansion.


Del. Sam Rasoul earns 100 percent rating from Sierra Club

Delegate Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke City) has received a perfect score on the Virginia Sierra Club’s first General Assembly Legislative Scorecard.


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Sierra Club publishes 2014 Climate and Energy Virginia General Assembly Scorecard

For the first time, the Virginia chapter of the Sierra Club has published a Virginia General Assembly Climate and Energy Scorecard.


CIT announces FY2015 solicitation for Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund

The Center for Innovative Technology announced the Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund Request for Proposals for FY2015.


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Emmett Hanger co-chairs Summit on Rural Prosperity

State Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-Augusta), Chairman of the Virginia Rural Center, has taken a lead role in organizing and hosting the Governor’s Summit on Rural Prosperity.


Ken Plum: From polarization to compromise

The Senate is polarized between opposing points of view with a willingness to compromise being seen as a sign of weakness.


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Creigh Deeds: Will this session ever end?

Not since 2001 has the General Assembly been in session this long. While these extended sessions do not often occur, I fear the Jeffersonian ideal of a part-time citizen legislature is in jeopardy.


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State of LGBT equality in nine Virginia cities detailed in HRC New Municipal Equality Index

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) released its third annual report assessing LGBT equality in 353 cities across the nation, including nine in Virginia.


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Speaker Howell sets special election date in 34th House of Delegates district

House Speaker Bill Howell issued a writ of election for the 34th House District, setting Jan. 6, 2015 as the date of the special election to fill the seat that will be vacated by Del. Barbara Comstock.


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Update on post-election count, process for certifying Senate winner

Yesterday, each of Virginia’s 133 local electoral boards began the routine process of canvassing their precinct results from the November 4 general election.


Augusta County woman charged in revenge porn case

The Waynesboro Police Department has charged an Augusta County woman for posting a nude image of another woman on Facebook. Rachel Lynn Craig, 28 years old, faces one misdemeanor count of maliciously disseminating a videographic or still image of another person.


Ken Plum: Saved by the Feds

As I wrote in a column several months ago, Virginia has historically ceded decisions to federal authorities on major issues on which the state had been unwilling to move forward, despite the Commonwealth’s historic antipathy toward the federal government.


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Governor McAuliffe announces actions on the FY2015 state budget

Today at a press conference in Richmond, Governor Terry McAuliffe announced the savings actions he will execute to eliminate the revenue shortfall in the Virginia budget for Fiscal Year 2015.


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McAuliffe awards extended school year planning, start-Up grants to 13 school divisions

Governor Terry McAuliffe on Wednesday awarded more than $1.6 million in state extended school year grants to support the development and implementation of year-round instructional programs in 29 schools in 13 school divisions.