Governor McAuliffe’s full text of his State of the Commonwealth Address

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Governor McAuliffe's full text of his State of the Commonwealth Address

Speaker Howell, Leader Norment, Ladies and Gentlemen of the Virginia General Assembly, thank you for inviting me to speak to you this evening. And to the people of Virginia who are with us tonight or watching from home, thank you for the honor of serving you as this Commonwealth’s 72nd Governor. We are joined here […]

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Governor McAuliffe’s legislative proposals to fill skilled workforce gap

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Governor McAuliffe's legislative proposals to fill skilled workforce gap

BLACKSBURG – Governor Terry McAuliffe and Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam today announced a series of legislative proposals aimed at building the new Virginia economy by expanding education opportunities and strengthening workforce development. “We have a world-class higher education system here in the Commonwealth,” Lt. Gov. Northam said. “Today we announced legislation aimed at making sure […]

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Governor McAuliffe proposes criminal justice reforms

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Governor McAuliffe proposes criminal justice reforms

For the General Assembly 2017 session that begins January 5 Governor Terry McAuliffe proposes a legislative package that includes reforming driver license suspensions, increasing ability to petition court based on new DNA evidence and revising felony larceny threshold. “Throughout my administration, I have worked with Virginia’s public safety officials, the legislature, and the courts to […]

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AG Herring and watchdog group encouraged by CFPB proposed payday & car title rules

Thursday, June 2, 2016

AG Herring and watchdog group encouraged by CFPB proposed payday & car title rules

According to the State Corporation Commission, in 2015, Virginia payday lenders made more than 350,000 loans totaling more than $137 million to more than 112,000 borrowers. The average borrower took out more than 3 loans per year at an average annual interest rate of 231%. Virginia car title lenders in 2015 made more than $161 […]

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Gov. McAuliffe vetoes redirection of abandoned court funds away from Literary Fund

Friday, May 20, 2016

Governor Terry McAuliffe today vetoed Del. Roxann Robinson’s (R-27) House Bill 577, which would have allowed funds that are abandoned in certain types of court cases to be directed to the Virginia Housing Trust Fund. Governor McAuliffe is a strong supporter of the Housing Trust Fund, but determined that the legislation violates the constitutional requirement that […]

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Gov. McAuliffe vetoes Legislation wasteful nuisance suits

Friday, May 20, 2016

Governor Terry McAuliffe today vetoed Sen. Mark Obenshain’s Senate Bill 543, which would have required an award of attorneys’ fees and other costs when a plaintiff wins or settles an inverse condemnation suit for “damaging” property, even when such damage is de minimis. The Governor originally amended the legislation to cap such damages in order to protect […]

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Gov. McAuliffe uses line-Item veto in budget that prevents his use of funds to expand healthcare

Friday, May 20, 2016

Gov. McAuliffe uses line-Item veto in budget that prevents his use of funds to expand healthcare

Governor Terry McAuliffe completed his actions on legislation from the 2016 legislative session by signing House Bill 30, the biennial budget bill. The Governor used the line-item veto as was expected but added to placate the Republican base. It would have removed the provision preventing him from expending or appropriating funds to implement expanded coverage under […]

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Gov. McAuliffe vetoes Del. Landes’ bill that allows for direct primary care agreements

Friday, May 20, 2016

Governor Terry McAuliffe today vetoed House Bill 685 sponsored by Del. Steve Landes (R-25), which would have excluded direct primary care agreements from health insurance laws and regulations. McAuliffe instead pushes for Medicaid expansion for 400,000 uninsured Virginians bring back millions of dollars to the Commonwealth. Today was the last day for McAuliffe to take […]

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Shooting holes in Virginia’s short-lived conflict and ethics laws

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The Virginia Conflict of Interest and Ethics Advisory Council’s staff attorney, Rebekah Stefanski, today has issued opinions to the council that will “blow a hole a mile wide in our $100 gift cap and travel ban” tweeted Falls Church Democrat Delegate Marcus Simon. Looks like the Ethics Council is about blow a hole a mile […]

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Democrats – election of a justice to the SCOVA “a botched process” – Republicans admonish “usurp of constitutional authority”

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Democrats - election of a justice to the  SCOVA

Stephen R. McCullough was elected to the Virginia Supreme Court in the House 66-34 with one Democrat’s vote. Del. Luke E. Torian who represents the Prince William County suburbs of Washington, D.C. voted for McCullough. voting “yes.” Democrats say McCullough’s election brings to an end a drawn-out, botched judicial process that has exposed the kind of […]

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Virginia Democrats call Cuccinelli nomination for SCOVA a cynical political maneuver

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Early today, the Virginian-Pilot reported that Republicans are considering failed gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli for appointment to the Supreme Court of Virginia. This is the latest chapter in a political disaster for Virginia Republicans who are throwing everything at the wall trying to keep a qualified and bipartisan female jurist off of the bench. During […]

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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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