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A Senate committee voted to advance a bill barring localities from requiring employers to offer pay or benefits above the minimum levels laid out in state and federal law.
The Senate defeated Donald McEachin’s SB 183, which would have removed the prohibition on covering abortions in insurance plans and riders sold on Virginia’s health exchange.
The Virginia Citizens Defense League-PAC has endorsed Republican State Senate candidate Dan Moxley in his bid to unseat 24th District State Sen. Emmett Hanger.
It was reported in the media last night that emails released by the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission “outline plans hatched by Del. Terry Kilgore, R-Scott, to offer Sen. Phillip P. Puckett, D-Russell, a senior job with the commission once he resigned from the Virginia Senate.”
On the evening of the 23rd of June 2014, the General Assembly went back into session to consider the Governor’s vetoes to the budget.
I have been a supporter from day one on this most important policy issue, to close the coverage gap. It is the right policy for Virginia’s budget, for Virginia businesses and for the hard working Virginians in need of health insurance and the preventative health care services insurance provides.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington called for an investigation into whether former State Sen. Phillip P. Puckett violated federal and state anti-corruption laws by resigning from office in exchange for a job appointment.
After 60 days, the Virginia Senate adjourned sine die. While the General Assembly considered and passed many laws this session, Senate Democrats remain disappointed that Republican delegates refuse to consider or negotiate on Marketplace Virginia.
The Virginia Senate passed HB 810, a measure to prohibit celebratory gunfire. It passed 27-13 on Wednesday on a bipartisan vote, with unanimous Democratic support and several Republicans voting in favor.
Legislation authored by Del. Dickie Bell (R-Staunton) to give parents and students the tools needed to ensure that every child has access to cutting edge technology for virtual learning passed the House of Delegates on Tuesday.
The Virginia Senate voted Tuesday 20-20 to pass a bill that would raise the state minimum wage to $9.25. The vote took place along party lines, with all Democrats supporting and all Republicans opposed. Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam broke the tie.
The Virginia Senate voted Tuesday to pass a bill to repeal the mandatory ultrasound requirement that Republicans passed in 2012. Senate Democrats provided 19 of the 20 votes which produced a tie, broken by Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam.
Monday afternoon, the State Senate voted to pass SB 260, a mental health reform bill introduced by Sen. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath County) and co-patroned by senators from both parties.
On Thursday, the Virginia Senate unanimously passed SB 228, “Bailey’s Law,” the puppy mill bill patroned by Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax), one of the top legislative priorities for the Humane Society of the United States.
A recount in the Sixth Senate District certified a victory for Democrat Lynwood Lewis, returning control of the State Senate to Democrats.
For the past several years, I have been forced to deal with the state’s system of mental health on behalf of my son. In November a lot of issues related to that system were thrust in my face.
The Virginia Senate voted on Tuesday 20-18 to pass SB 236, a bill that would enable students to express their religious views to captive audiences of their classmates, potentially creating the appearance that schools have sanctioned or approved a particular religion.
The Virginia Dream Act, which would have given young people with deferred action status in-state tuition at Virginia’s public colleges, went down to defeat in the Senate Education and Health Committee on a party-line vote of 8-7.
Senate Democrats are proposing legislation that would grant in-state tuition at Virginia colleges to young people with Deferred Action status, allowing them full access to the benefits of a college education for the first time in history. The Virginia Dream Act sets out standards for students to qualify:
State Senate Democrats on Monday took to the PR route to raise issue with Republican Sen. Thomas Garrett’s bill ending funding for abortions for poor women who are carrying a fetus with totally incapacitating deformities, SB 826.
More than a year of buildup to what had seemed to be an inevitable Barack Obama re-election was washed away in 90 minutes in Denver on Oct. 3. If not for that one night of lethargy from the president, we’d never have come across the term “Ro-mentum,” likely not had to endure 90 minutes of guffaws from Joe Biden a few nights later – and few would have cared that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie decided to focus on his job instead of presidential politiics at the worst of Hurricane Sandy.
Tim Kaine had held a modest lead in the last several Public Policy Polling surveys of Virginia voters looking at the U.S. Senate race. Now that modest lead is gone
Adjournment of the 2012 Session of the General Assembly, scheduled for March 10, is rapidly approaching, and we are in totally uncharted waters. The Senate versions of the caboose budget bill that covers the remainder of the current fiscal year and the budget bill for the 2012-2014 biennium have been defeated in the Senate. The…
U.S. Senate Candidate George Allen will be a guest at a dutch-treat breakfast at Shoney’s in Staunton on Friday at 8:30 a.m. Those who plan to attend can order from the menu or enjoy their breakfast bar. The get-together will take place in the private dining room.
The black-white debate on energy production between Republicans and Democrats generally speaking comes down to the merits of oil production vs. clean energy. It doesn’t have to be an either-or proposition, though. “We need to use every domestic source that we have. But I think we ought to be preparing for a long-term shift toward…