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Creigh Deeds: Last days

We are winding up the 2018 Session of the General Assembly. This is crunch time. As I’ve told people for years, this is the most dangerous part of the session.


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Creigh Deeds: The Big Enchilada

Crossover came and went the day before Valentine’s Day. It was notable for lots of things, both done and undone. The biggest enchilada remains Medicaid expansion.


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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.


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Creigh Deeds: Changing of the guard

We are nearing the completion of the first full week of the 2018 Session of the Virginia General Assembly. Last weekend we enjoyed some pageantry as Ralph Northam was inaugurated as the 73rd Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia. 


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Creigh Deeds: 2018 General Assembly session underway

The 2018 regular session of General Assembly is underway. This long session, which will run 60 days, is remarkable in at least three aspects.


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Creigh Deeds: Silly season in Virginia politics

As we close the 2017 session, it’s clear that the silly season is upon us.


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Creigh Deeds: Wrapping up 2017 session

With about a week left before the 2017 Session ends, many of the controversial issues have been resolved.


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Creigh Deeds: Final weeks

One of the strengths of Virginia’s legislative process is that legislators are part-time.


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Creigh Deeds: Crossover 2017 is upon us

Groundhog Day was yesterday, which means we are very close to the crossover of the 2017 legislative session.


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Creigh Deeds: You win some, you lose some

Creigh Deeds updates readers on the latest from the Virginia General Assembly.


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Creigh Deeds: Virginia General Assembly report

While the peaceful transition of power occurs amid celebration and protest in Washington, the work goes on here in Richmond.


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Creigh Deeds: One more day

With the legislature wrapping up the 2016 Regular Session of the General Assembly in a day or so, I wanted to provide a status report.


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Creigh Deeds: Our judiciary

One of the most important responsibilities of the General Assembly is the election of judges. After all, judges represent the Commonwealth.


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Creigh Deeds: One week to go in Virginia General Assembly

With one week before the scheduled adjournment of March 12, the 2016 General Assembly is nearing completion on all major issues.


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Creigh Deeds: Budget, budget, budget

The 2016 Session of the General Assembly is now in warp speed. We are merely two weeks from adjournment, and it seems everybody is in two or three places at the same time.


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Creigh Deeds: Absolutely not

The 2016 Session of the General Assembly has crossed the midpoint. I voted no on a couple of tough votes, but “no” doesn’t always mean “absolutely not.”


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Creigh Deeds: Almost to crossover

Crossover for the 2016 Session of the Virginia General Assembly is at hand.


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Creigh Deeds: Another week down

We are rapidly approaching the midpoint of the 2016 General Assembly Session. In legislative lingo, the midpoint is called the crossover.


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Creigh Deeds: Snow, guns and Nelsonite

Many elected officials view the issue of guns in black or white terms. Legislators either vote for gun control or they vote to protect the Second Amendment.


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Creigh Deeds: Still talking judges? We can do better

I have once again sponsored a bill to create a merit based selection process for judges. The bill has not yet been heard.


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Creigh Deeds: Back in Richmond

The 2016 regular session of the Virginia General Assembly is off and running. The long sessions are held in even years and are significant because we will be adopting a new two-year budget.


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Creigh Deeds: Virginia General Assembly session over before it began

The 2015 Special Session of the General Assembly was over before it began.


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Creigh Deeds: Why I’m running for re-election to the State Senate

After much thought, I want to announce that I will run for re-election to the State Senate this fall.


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Creigh Deeds: Post veto session report

April 15 was more than Tax Day this year. Indeed, the legislature came back into session on Tax Day to consider the Governor’s amendments and vetoes to legislation passed during the 2015 General Assembly Session.


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State Senator Creigh Deeds recognized for mental health reforms

Virginia State Senator Creigh Deeds received the 2015 State Legislator of the Year Award from the American Psychological Association Practice Organization.


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Creigh Deeds: 2015 General Assembly review

The 2015 Session of the General Assembly is history. While we passed over 1500 bills and resolutions, the Session will be remembered for a handful of things including reforming the transportation funding formula, adopting a new ethics bill that changes very little, and adjourning a day early.


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Creigh Deeds: One week to go in the General Assembly session

With a week to go until the scheduled February 28 adjournment, the Virginia General Assembly is moving steadily along.


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Creigh Deeds: Budget deliberations begin in General Assembly

The 2015 Session of the General Assembly is hurdling toward adjournment. The word around here is that we may complete our work earlier than the scheduled February 28 adjournment.


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Creigh Deeds: Busy days in the General Assembly

The midpoint of the 2015 General Assembly Session has passed. We are nearing crossover, the point when the Senate and House of Delegates must complete work on bills generated by its members. While the budget remains the focus, a number of controversial issues have come before the Senate thus far.


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Creigh Deeds: Virginia General Assembly update

The 46-day General Assembly session is moving rapidly. Subcommittees and committees are meeting around the clock, which leaves little time for reflection.


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Creigh Deeds: First week of the General Assembly session

The 2015 Session of the General Assembly is underway. This is a short session, scheduled to adjourn on February 28, 2015, so the work will be fast and furious.


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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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Tooclosetocall? Seriously? It’s over, Mark Warner won already

There is one precinct left to count of the 2,557 spread across Virginia, the University Hall precinct in Albemarle County, and Mark Warner has a 16,540-vote lead over Ed Gillespie.


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Creigh Deeds: Vote for Mark Warner on Nov. 4

My friend, Mark Warner is running for re-election to the U.S. Senate because he believes that all Virginians should get a fair shot at success.


Will Hammer: Corporate cronyism on full display by both parties

Two headlines this week concerning elected officials on both sides of the aisle highlight the cronyism inherent within our government.


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Relay Foods to add 25 jobs in Charlottesville

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today in the City of Charlottesville that Relay Foods (www.relayfoods.com) will expand its corporate headquarters and Charlottesville fulfillment center to accommodate increased local demand for its products and to support the company’s entry into new markets, including those beyond Virginia.


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Creigh Deeds: Another shakeup on budget, Medicaid

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.


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Creigh Deeds: What a week in Virginia politics

Last week saw the passage of a state budget and also the potential demise of Medicaid expansion in Virginia. Two dramatic events of the previous few days drove the results of the Special Session.


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Creigh Deeds: The guest that would not leave

It is with some pride that I can report that on the 25th of March, the first daffodil bloomed in my yard. However, I can also report that bloom was soon covered with snow as winter is playing the part of Gilda Radner in that old Saturday Night Live skit about the guest who would not leave……speaking of guests that will not leave, the General Assembly is still in session.


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Creigh Deeds: Look back at the 2014 General Assembly session

The 2014 Session of the General Assembly is over; we adjourned on Saturday. However, the main work, the budget, remains to be accomplished. The General Assembly will go back into session on the 24th of March to try to finalize a spending plan for the next biennium.


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Creigh Deeds: Reflecting on the 2014 General Assembly session

Every year as the General Assembly session winds down, it’s important to take some time to reflect on the things that have been accomplished, the things yet to accomplish, and perhaps the missed opportunities. With less than a week left before the scheduled adjournment of the 2014 session, a couple of things are clear.


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Creigh Deeds: General Assembly session coming to a close

The 2014 session of the General Assembly is rapidly moving toward the scheduled adjournment on March 8. Both houses passed competing budgets this past week and bills are headed to conference.


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Creigh Deeds: Medicaid expansion

As explained in this space before, Medicaid expansion is an optional part of the Affordable Care Act. Payment for expansion, however, is not optional. Funding comes from federal taxes.


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Virginia Senate passes mental health reforms

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.


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Creigh Deeds: Nearing crossover

The 2014 session rolls on, and we are nearing crossover. Crossover is the time when the Senate must complete work on bills introduced in the Senate, and the House must complete work on bills introduced in the House. It’s called the crossover because after it occurs, the bills cross over to the other house for consideration.


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Creigh Deeds: Change in Richmond

Nearly halfway into the 2014 session two new senators were seated. Since both senators, Jennifer Wexton from Loudoun County and Lynwood Lewis from Accomack County, are Democrats, the balance of power shifted in the Senate of Virginia.


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Creigh Deeds: Mental health reform must be a priority

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.


ACLU committed to finding the solutions to reform mental health system

The ACLU of Virginia released on Monday principles addressing mental health reform legislation. The principles are intended to guide legislators in balancing the need for reform with the civil rights of all Virginians.


Ken Plum: Broken promises on mental health reform

Last month the disAbility Law Center (dLCV) issued a report on the condition of mental health services in Virginia. It is an eye-opening report: Broken Promises, the Failure of Mental Health Services in Virginia.


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McDonnell releases report on Creigh Deeds tragedy

Gov. Bob McDonnell has released recommendations stemming from Health and Human Resource Secretary Bill Hazel’s review of last month’s tragedy in Bath County involving State Sen. Creigh Deeds and his son, Gus. The governor asked the secretary to conduct the review.