Hate crime bills rejected by Virginia House and Senate committees

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

RICHMOND (February 1, 2017) – Today, despite an increase in hate crimes in Virginia and around the country, the General Assembly completed their rejection of tools to better protect ethnic, religious, and sexual minorities and other vulnerable communities from hate crimes. After the House of Delegates Courts of Justice Criminal Law Subcommittee voted on party […]

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Electric Personal Delivery Devices on sidewalks passes in Virginia Senate

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

(RICHMOND, VA) —Legislation patroned by Senator Bill DeSteph (8th District), allowing the use of Electric Personal Delivery Devices (EPDD) in the Commonwealth of Virginia, has unanimously passed the Virginia Senate.  SB 1207 marks the first affirmative statewide approval of EPDDs operating on sidewalks, shared-use paths, and crosswalks in the United States. The EPDDs travel on […]

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Paid family leave program killed by Republicans in General Assembly subcommittee

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

RICHMOND, Va. – In an unrecorded voice vote, the Republican-controlled Commerce and Subcommittee #2 today killed a bill that would have established a paid family leave program in Virginia. The bill, sponsored by Del. Mark Levine, would have enabled workers caring for newborn infants or sick family members to receive two-thirds of their regular paycheck […]

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Criminal Law Subcommittee takes up swearing in public

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Criminal Law Subcommittee takes up swearing in public

Delegate Michael Webert  (R-18) will save all you Virginians from a Class 4 misdemeanor for cursing in public. Bet you didn’t know you could be arrested for cursing out loud. I mean I’m sure you never do that. I think Del. Webert should have proposed a swear jar. A far better idea. The contents could […]

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Nine Virginia bills to make it easier to vote are killed in committee

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Nine Virginia bills to make it easier to vote are killed in committee

The GOP-controlled House Privileges and Elections Committee today killed nine bills that would have made voting more accessible to millions of Virginians said the Virginia House Democrats. “The committee turned down several opportunities to make the voting process easier for Virginia’s seniors and working families,” said Del. Mark Sickles. “It’s particularly frustrating that the Republicans […]

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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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