Governor Terry McAuliffe today vetoed six pieces of legislation that would undermine support for Virginia’s public education system.
House Bill 1400
Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed House Bill 1400, which would create a new executive branch agency known as the Virginia Virtual School. This entity, governed by an independent policy board, would facilitate the provision of full-time, online education programs for students throughout Virginia.
This bill is virtually identical to HB 8 (2016). The Office of the Attorney General advised that HB 8 was unconstitutional; consequently, I vetoed it.
In establishing the Virginia Virtual School outside of the jurisdiction of the Board of Education, and
Ken Cuccinelli campaigns at Roanoke Tea Party event in 2009
If I didn’t remember anything about the 2009 Virginia Coalition for Open Government conference I remember this. Then Senator Ken Cuccinelli’s promised transparency.
In today’s Roanoke Times Lawrence Hammack, another open government wonk, has an article about Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s opinion on the appropriation of public funds to nonprofits without proper contracts. The purpose of contracts with the state is to determine their worth to the taxpaying citizens of Virginia and the Commonwealth.
This is the second time he has nitpicked the charities that mostly serve poor citizens with healthcare they cannot afford or that they don’t even have access to.
Lawrence who write about healthcare issues for the Roanoke Times attended the 2009 VCOG conference as well. In his article he says he sought a copy of the letter sent by Dr. Bill Hazel, secretary of the state Department of Health and Human Resources to Cuccinelli for his opinion on 12 nonprofits.
“That is confidential attorney-client privileged information which we cannot release,” said Brian Gottstein, a spokesman for Cuccinelli.
That’s not what Cuccinelli contended in 2009. “If elected attorney general – yes, you give advice to state agencies, universities, etc. and to some extent that is privileged communication but your ultimate client is still the citizens of Virginia … I intend to explore on an intellectual basis and try to put down on paper a little more definitive description of where at least I think the boundaries are for privilege in that unique lawyer relationship.”
Well fork it over or is that boundary a moving target. See video of his promise: