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ralph northam

Northam statement on progress of General Assembly session at Crossover

Governor Ralph Northam released a statement at the midpoint of the 2018 legislative session.


steve landes

Del. Landes highlights legislation heading to State Senate

Del. R. Steven Landes, R-Weyers Cave, today highlighted his legislation passed by the Virginia House of Delegates and now stands before the Virginia State Senate for consideration.


virginia general assembly

Healthcare bill clears Senate with bipartisan support

Republican State Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant’s SB 915, which represents an important step towards recognizing the need to close the coverage gap and extending healthcare coverage to nearly 400,000 uninsured Virginians, unanimously passed the State Senate on Tuesday.


tim hugo

Hugo’s bill to allow for more apprenticeships passes the House

Del. Tim Hugo’s legislation (HB1233), which makes it easier for Virginians to receive training in high-demand trades, passed the House by a vote of 52-48 on Monday and will now head to the Senate. 


ben cline

Ben Cline Sanctuary Cities bill passes House of Delegates

Delegate Ben Cline (R-24) issued the following statement today regarding the passage of his legislation (HB 1257) banning sanctuary cities in Virginia.


onevirginia2021

OneVirginia2021 announces March Forth campaign

OneVirginia2021 announced Monday the upcoming launch of its the March Forth campaign for a constitutional amendment to end gerrymandering in the Commonwealth.


virginia organizing

Virginia Organizing to hold rally in Harrisonburg in support of Medicaid expansion

Virginia Organizing, Harrisonburg-Rockingham NAACP, and Harrisonburg Indivisible will hold a rally/call-in day in support of Medicaid expansion on Thursday, February 15 at 5:00 p.m. at Harrisonburg City Hall.


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Advocacy groups oppose bipartisan deal on felony larceny threshold

A wide swath of organizations support an increase in Virginia’s long-outdated felony larceny threshold but oppose the so-called bipartisan compromise announced last week that traded an increase in the threshold for passage of legislation enhancing the enforcement of restitution orders entered in criminal cases.


virginia

Northam announces new solar project in Gloucester County

The Department of Environmental Quality has issued a permit for Strata Solar Development to construct and operate a new solar facility, Gloucester Solar, LLC, in Gloucester County. The 19.8 megawatt (MW) project will supply enough electricity to power more than 4,000 homes.


business

Report shows historic preservation tax credits boost Virginia economy

First Lady Pam Northam highlighted the findings of two just-completed studies that show the sustained and substantial contribution preservation makes to Virginia’s economy through the incentives of state historic rehabilitation tax credits (RTCs) to repurpose and recycle old buildings.


david toscano

House passes Toscano amendment to bar utilities from double-charging consumers for infrastructure improvements

The Virginia House of Delegates today passed House Democratic Leader David J. Toscano’s amendment to HB 1558 that would prevent utility companies, such as Dominion Energy, from charging consumers twice for infrastucture investments.


morgan griffith

Morgan Griffith: The many benefits of tax reform

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, passed by Congress in mid-December and signed into law by President Trump on December 22 of last year, was crafted with a few important goals in mind.


mark warner

Sen. Warner on Trump budget, infrastructure proposal

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, released the following statement on President Trump’s budget proposal and infrastructure “principles.”


ralph northam

Agriculture impacted by new government appointees

Gov. Ralph Northam has made appointments for key positions that may impact agriculture.


virginia farm bureau

Farmers remain engaged in legislative session

For Virginia farmers, January is a time for tax preparation, livestock births, equipment maintenance and professional conferences.


virginia general assembly

Sierra Club: Senate of Virginia allows Dominion to regulate itself while ratepayers foot the bill

The Senate of Virginia passed Senate Bill 966 in a vote of 26-13 on Friday. SB966, introduced by Sen. Frank Wagner (R-Virginia Beach) is a radical restructuring of how monopoly utilities like Dominion Energy Virginia are regulated in Virginia.


tim kaine

Kaine proposes grant program to boost job training

Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), co-chair of the Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, joined his colleagues Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Jack Reed (D-RI) to introduce the Gateway to Careers Act. 


virginia

Republicans kill constitutional amendment that would change Virginia’s balance of power

On the same day they killed their own bill to allow guns in churches, House Republicans also killed their proposed constitutional amendment that would have drastically altered the balance of power in Virginia state government.


creigh deeds

Creigh Deeds: A contentious week

We are now ending the last full week of the 2018 Session prior to crossover. As explained last week, the Senate and House will have to finish work on bills originating in their own chambers by Tuesday. This has been a week full of contention.


ralph northam

Northam to join White House briefing on infrastructure

On Monday, Governor Ralph Northam will join President Donald Trump, members of the administration, and state and local officials from across the country for a White House briefing on infrastructure.


mark warner

Warner meets with Trump’s nominee for Appalachian Regional Commission co-chair

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) met with Tim Thomas, President Trump’s nominee to be the Federal Co-Chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission.


mark warner

Congress passes Warner measures to improve care for Medicare patients

Today, a package of bipartisan healthcare provisions introduced by U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, were included in a funding bill passed by Congress and signed by the President.


virginia general assembly

House GOP kills its own bill allowing guns in churches

Following the release of a poll showing broad public support for reasonable gun reform measures, House Republicans today killed a bill that would have repealed a statutory prohibition on guns and other dangerous weapons in places of worship. 


mark warner

Sen. Warner on bipartisan budget agreement

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) issued the following statement on the bipartisan budget agreement passed by Congress and signed by the President.


morgan griffith

Griffith statement on vote against spending bill that ending brief shutdown

Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) issued the following statement after voting no on the budget deal announced on Wednesday by Senate leaders.