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Virginia Hospitals unveil 14 recommendations to prevent opioid misuse

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Virginia Hospitals unveil 14 recommendations to prevent opioid misuse

RICHMOND, VA – A Task Force established to examine ways to reduce opioid abuse, particularly related to emergency room prescribing practices, has developed a set of recommendations to help guide hospital emergency departments in an era when prescription drug misuse has become more prevalent. The Task Force was created by action of the Virginia Hospital […]

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Gov. McAuliffe vetoes firearms for school security officers

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Governor Terry McAuliffe today vetoed legislation that would permit school security officers to carry firearms under certain conditions. The Governor’s full statement is below: April 6, 2016 Pursuant to Article V, Section 6, of the Constitution of Virginia, I veto House Bill 1234, which permits school security officers to carry firearms under certain conditions. There […]

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Del. Rasoul says virtual schools hurt public education funding

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Del. Rasoul says virtual schools hurt public education funding

At Tuesday nights Town Hall Roanoke Delegate Sam Rasoul praised Governor Terry McAuliffe for his veto of virtual schools. It was a back door to syphon money away from public education he said. “No charter schools,” said Rasoul to applause from the audience. In a press release Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed House Bill 518, House Bill […]

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Gov. McAuliffe vetoes bill requiring schools to identify sexually explicit materials

Monday, April 4, 2016

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe today vetoed House Bill 516, which would require schools to identify materials as “sexually explicit” and notify parents if teachers plan to provide instructional material containing such content.  The legislation would also require teachers to provide alternative instructional materials if requested by a parent. The Governor’s full veto statement is […]

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Del. Rasoul’s charitable healthcare education credits bill goes to the governor

Monday, February 22, 2016

ROANOKE, VA – The Virginia Senate has unanimously passed HB 319, put forward by Delegate Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke City).  The legislation would allow medical professionals who provide charitable healthcare services to receive continuing education credits. Rasoul called it an important measure that will give Virginians greater access to healthcare and help medical industry workers professionally. […]

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House Republicans block bill expanding access to full-day kindergarten

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

House Republicans block bill expanding access to full-day kindergarten

RICHMOND, Va.: This morning, the Education – Education Innovation Subcommittee killed two bills that would have helped expand access to full-day kindergarten by creating a budget and plan for localities that don’t have full-day kindergarten access for all children. HB 457, patroned by Delegate Kathleen Murphy (34th – McLean), HB 798, patroned by Delegate John […]

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Gov. McAuliffe announces $2 million grant to retrain former coal workers

Friday, January 8, 2016

Now this is the kind of help that is needed in the diminishing coal production areas of Virginia. There is no “War on Coal” as some claim. It is not only limiting pollution for the health of the state, country, world – accessible coal is getting harder and more expensive to reach. Natural gas and […]

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Del. Rasoul’s bill provides continuing education credits to volunteer healthcare professionals

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

ROANOKE, VA – Delegate Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke City) has filed legislation that would help allow medical professionals who provide charitable healthcare services to receive continuing education credits.  Delegate Rasoul says the bill sets up a system that allows the neediest Virginians – those with low-incomes or who live in underserved communities – to access free […]

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Gov. McAuliffe’s budget includes increased funding for education, raises for state employees

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Gov. McAuliffe's budget includes increased funding for education, raises for state employees

Despite federal sequestration Governor Terry McAuliffe Virginia faced a $2.4 billion dollar state budget shortfall. These cuts disrupted strategic planning and severely harm the state’s economy. “Now, the economic landscape has changed for the better, Congress is getting its act together, and we have a genuine opportunity to take the next step forward,” he said. He […]

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AG Herring to attend Roanoke screening of Heroin: The Hardest Hit (trailer)

Thursday, December 10, 2015

AG Herring to attend Roanoke screening of Heroin: The Hardest Hit (trailer)

Roanoke (December 10) – On Thursday, Attorney General Mark R. Herring will hold a screening in Roanoke of Heroin: The Hardest Hit, a powerful new documentary that will raise awareness of the dangers of heroin and prescription drugs and the epidemic of fatal overdoses. The event and film will both feature Virginians sharing their own stories of […]

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SOL Innovation Committee’s 2015 recommendations received

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

SOL Innovation Committee’s 2015 recommendations received

Governor McAuliffe received the Standards of Learning (SOL) Innovation Committee’s second round of recommendations. To read the full executive summary, click here. To read the full report, click here. The recommendations include proposed improvements at the high school level to better prepare students to succeed in the new Virginia economy. In 2014, the Committee set forth twelve […]

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Drug Policy Alliance calls on Virginia lawmakers to fix broken marijuana policies

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

A new report has found that marijuana possession arrests in Virginia have increased dramatically over the last ten years, especially in black communities. The report was authored by Shenandoah University professor and researcher Jon Gettman and released today by the Drug Policy Alliance. The entire report can be read at: www.drugpolicy.org/VAmjarrests “As states around the country pass reforms […]

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