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Democrats on Virginia House ethics bill – 2015 session ends

Friday, February 27, 2015

The ethics reform bill that spent 24 hours in conference between the House and the Senate will not go into effect until January 1, 2016. The reasoning was that it will not confuse candidates up for reelection and their challengers. It will also give time to correct or amend any flaws in the bill in […]

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Virginia U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine supports investment in clean coal research

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Virginia U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine supports investment in clean coal research

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Heidi Heitkamp today reintroduced the Advanced Clean Coal Technology Investment in Our Nation (ACCTION) Act to help encourage coal plants to lower their carbon pollution through the use of advanced clean coal technologies. By making capital more accessible, this legislation would ultimately make the clean coal technology […]

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Virginia bill denying bail protects victims of domestic violence

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Virginia bill denying bail protects victims of domestic violence

RICHMOND (February 25, 2015)– Today the General Assembly passed a bill from Attorney General Mark R. Herring and Delegate Ben Cline (24-Rockbridge) to protect victims of domestic violence by denying bail for individuals charged with felony strangulation. In 2012, Herring and Cline worked to make strangulation a felony, closing a loophole that had previously allowed […]

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Virginia Rep. Griffith says President’s veto of pipeline ignores science

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Virginia Rep. Griffith says President's veto of pipeline ignores science

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 – Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) today released the following statement on the President’s veto of the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act: “Though he wants his words to indicate otherwise, President Obama’s actions – today and previously – indicate that he has always been opposed to the Keystone XL pipeline.  Put simply: […]

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Virginia’s top Democrats get high approval ratings

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

. According to a Quinnipiac Poll 62% of Virginians are optimistic about Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe’s term so far. The poll was taken February 5th thru the 15th. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe finishes his first year in office with a 49 – 25 percent job approval rating as 26 percent of voters remain undecided. By a […]

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Republicans send letter to VA U.S. Senators Kaine and Warner emploring them to break DHS funding filibuster

Monday, February 23, 2015

Late this afternoon another U.S. Senate vote for closure on funding the Department of Homeland Security was blocked with a 47-46 vote. Many senators not bothering to attend the “Groundhog Day” vote that Republicans (making only a point) hope will reach the 60 vote threshold to get the bill to the floor for an up […]

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Del. Rasoul’s bill reduces taxes for renewable energy businesses

Monday, February 23, 2015

Del. Rasoul's bill reduces taxes for renewable energy businesses

HB 1297 passed both the Virginia House of Delegates and the Virginia Senate. Governor Terry McAuliffe is expected to sign it into law. It will take effect July 1, 2015. The bill  classifies machinery and tools owned by a business and used directly in producing or generating renewable energy as a separate class of property […]

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Roanoke recognized for LEAN Management Program

Monday, February 23, 2015

Roanoke, VA – The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, recently recognized the City of Roanoke’s LEAN Management Program as part of the 2015 Bright Ideas program. This year’s cohort includes 124 programs from all levels of government-school districts; county, city, state, and federal agencies; as well as public-private partnerships-that […]

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Virginia House Democrats say “Tebow Bill” is unfair to public schools

Thursday, February 19, 2015

HB1626 passed the Senate with the following amendment and the amendment was agreed to by the House of Delegates today: “Nothing in this section shall require a local school board to establish a policy permitting participation in interscholastic programs at its schools by students who reside in the school division receiving home instruction.” So it […]

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SPJ urges Virginia lawmakers to reject execution secrecy bill

Friday, February 13, 2015

SPJ urges Virginia lawmakers to reject execution secrecy bill

On Monday, February 16,  the Criminal Law subcommittee of the House Committee on Courts of Justice will take up Senate Bill 1393 filed by Sen. Richard L. Saslaw, D-Fairfax, George L. Barker and Charles W. Carrico, Sr. The bill would allow the state Department of Corrections to contract with any ‘external entity’ to compound the […]

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Use of ground troops to fight ISIL concerns Senator Tim Kaine

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the draft Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against ISIL announced by President Obama today. For more than seven months, Kaine has been a leading voice urging the administration to seek a specific authorization for military action against ISIL while pressing his Congressional […]

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Delegate Rasoul’s renewable energy tax cut passes the House

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Delegate Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke)’s HB1297, a measure that would see decreased taxes for businesses utilizing renewable energy, was passed by the House of Delegates yesterday with broad bipartisan support. The bill allows municipalities to lower the machinery and tools tax rate for businesses if they are used to produce or generate renewable energy.  This would […]

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