Archive for the ‘Legislature’ Category

House Adds On-Demand Video

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

In our tenth year of unhappily serving as the sole source of archived legislative video, yesterday’s session opening brought a welcome development: the announcement from the Speaker of the House that, effective immediately, the House will provide downloads of legislative video for each day’s floor session.
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Bills Pouring in for 45-Day Session

Friday, December 30th, 2016

In less than two weeks—Wednesday, January 11—the legislature will convene in Richmond for a short session (as opposed to the biennial 60-day session, in which the budget is established). Bill pre-filing has been underway for months, but we’re hitting a pace of a dozen to two dozen bills daily at this point. The rate at which they’re filed will only increase during the days ahead.

Virginia Officials Reach Compromise on Gun Laws

Friday, January 29th, 2016

By Rachel Beatrice
Capital News Service

RICHMOND – State officials from both political parties have reached a sweeping compromise on gun laws that would continue Virginia’s agreements with other states regarding concealed carry permits, prevent the subjects of protective orders from possessing guns and encourage, but not require, background checks at gun shows.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe – accompanied by Democratic and Republican lawmakers – announced the agreement Friday, calling it “the first meaningful steps on preventing gun violence in 23 years.”

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Lawmaker Asks Governor to Delay Revoking Gun Permits

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

By Rachel Beatrice
Capital News Service

RICHMOND – A Republican state legislator is urging Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe to delay the revocation of reciprocal agreements Virginia has with 25 states on whether to honor their concealed handgun carry permits.

Del. L. Scott Lingamfelter of Woodbridge made the request in a letter this week to McAuliffe.

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Republicans Decry Virginia as ‘Soviet Union of Health Care’

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

By Matt Chaney
Capital News Service

RICHMOND – A group of Virginia lawmakers called for legislation to reform Virginia’s “monopolistic” and “inefficient” health care system.

“With the Affordable Health Care act taking place several years ago, we’re hearing outcries from people about the high deductibles and the out-of-pocket costs,” Del. Kathy Byron, who chairs the House Subcommittee on Commerce and Labor, said during a press conference Wednesday.

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Transparency Caucus Urges Open Government

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

By Kyle Taylor
Capital News Service

RICHMOND – Two first-term legislators, a Republican and a Democrat, announced the formation of a new bipartisan caucus Monday, one targeted to make the Virginia General Assembly more accessible to the public.

The Virginia Transparency Caucus is the brainchild of Del. Mark Levine, D-Alexandria, and Sen. Amanda Chase, R-Midlothian. They want their colleagues to follow their lead in giving the public access to what happens in legislative committees and subcommittees.

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200 Rally at Capitol for ‘Common-Sense Gun Laws’

Monday, January 18th, 2016

By Jazmen Townsend
Capital News Service

RICHMOND – About 200 people huddled on the Capitol grounds Monday to urge the General Assembly to pass legislation they hope will curb gun violence.

Lawmakers, students and others spoke at the rally on Martin Luther King Day, calling for what Gov. Terry McAuliffe termed “common-sense gun laws.” They also showed their support for President Barack Obama’s recent executive action to expand background checks on firearms sales.

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Poll Finds Support for Sex Assault Reporting Laws

Monday, January 18th, 2016

By Brian Williams
Capital News Service

RICHMOND – Most Virginians support the state’s new law on reporting sexual assaults on campus, according to a poll released Monday by the Commonwealth Educational Policy Institute.

In the CEPI’s latest findings, 86 percent of Virginians support the current law, which was approved by the 2015 General Assembly and signed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe. Support for the law was greatest among parents and among Virginians age 34 to 44.

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McAuliffe Emphasizes Cooperation with Lawmakers

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

By Margaret Carmel and James Miessler
Capital News Service

RICHMOND – Gov. Terry McAuliffe is urging the General Assembly to join him in a bipartisan effort to create jobs in the commonwealth.

“If we work together during the next 60 days, we can expand economic opportunities for everyone in the Commonwealth,” McAuliffe said in his State of the Commonwealth Address on the first night of the 2016 legislative session. “We will show that we in Virginia don’t back down from a challenge.”

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Legislative Session Begins by Ousting Media from Senate

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

By Sarah King and Matt Chaney
Capital News Service

RICHMOND – The Virginia General Assembly opened Wednesday, introducing 18 novice legislators, squabbling briefly across party lines and courting a fight with the media.

Curiously, the press tables located on the Senate floor as recently as Tuesday afternoon were no longer available for use by the press. According to published reports, Senate Majority Leader Thomas Norment, R-James City County, made the decision to relegate the press to the upper balcony.

“You’ll get used to this refrain during this session: I have no comment,” Norment told the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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