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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Health care is not a free market – Federal law mandates charity care

Friday, February 12, 2016

Health care is not a free market - Federal law mandates charity care

The House today moved HB163 to its third reading on a 50-Y 47-N vote. The bill phases out many categories for medical facility requirements for a Certificate of Public Need (COPN). On the Senate side a companion bill, SB561, patroned by Sen. Steve Newman  (R-23) was continued to 2017. The House bill limping forward is […]

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Senate passes “ban the box” for state agencies – faces uphill battle in the House

Monday, January 25, 2016

On a 23-15 vote in the Virginia Senate Monday Sen. Rosalyn Dance’s bill (SB 335) that prohibits state agencies from including on any employment application a question inquiring whether the prospective employee has ever been arrested or charged with, or convicted of, any crime, subject to certain exceptions has passed the Senate. Sens. Dick Black […]

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Virginia GOP lawmakers not receptive to hospitals proposals

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Virginia GOP lawmakers not receptive to hospitals proposals

Lobby Day events coordinated by the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association (VHHA), composed of 107 hospitals and 30 local health systems didn’t go well on Wednesday. Republican General Assembly rejected a plan by Virginia hospitals to pay the state’s share of expanding Medicaid calling it a shell game. Republican also want to practically eliminate Virginia’s […]

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