Archive for April, 2011

Law Promoting Sign Language Gets Final OK

Friday, April 8th, 2011

By Alyx Duckett and Kayla Wamsley
Capital News Service

Public high schools, colleges and universities in Virginia must accept American Sign Language toward fulfillment of foreign language requirements under a bill that received final approval by the General Assembly this week.

House Bill 1435 says high schools must “count completion of an American Sign Language course toward the fulfillment of any foreign language requirement for graduation.” Moreover, such courses “shall be counted toward satisfaction of the foreign language entrance requirements of a public institution of higher education in the Commonwealth.”

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Lawmakers Uphold Ban on Abortion Coverage

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

By Erica Terrini
Capital News Service

RICHMOND – Abortion will not be covered by certain private insurance plans in Virginia after the General Assembly on Wednesday upheld Gov. Bob McDonnell’s amendments to Virginia’s Healthcare Exchange Act.

The General Assembly on Wednesday night approved the governor’s proposals to ban private insurers from covering abortions if they participate in Virginia’s health-care exchange program.

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Assembly Continues Funding for PBS

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

By Fletcher Babb
Capital News Service

RICHMOND – The state Senate has ensured that Virginians will still ask that age-old question: “Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street?”

The Senate on Wednesday night overturned Gov. Bob McDonnell’s proposal to eliminate state funding for public broadcasting over the next two years.

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Citizens Decry Gerrymandering in Redistricting

Monday, April 4th, 2011

By Tracy Kennedy
Capital News Service

RICHMOND – Community leaders and concerned citizens turned out en masse Monday to protest proposed redistricting maps at the General Assembly’s final public hearing.

“Because of elections this year, unlike in most state, the redistricting timetable here is short,” Sen. Janet Howell, D-Reston, explained as she led the Senate Committee on Privileges and Elections’ public forum. “It’s only been one month since Virginia received corrected census numbers.”

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McDonnell Amends Autism Bill to Mixed Reaction

Friday, April 1st, 2011

By Fletcher Babb
Capital News Service

RICHMOND – Gov. Bob McDonnell has proposed a series of amendments to legislation that would require large employers to provide insurance coverage for autistic children.

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