Gov. McAuliffe denies pardon but commutes Teleguz death sentence

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Gov. McAuliffe denies pardon but commutes Teleguz death sentence

RICHMOND – Governor McAuliffe today announced that, following a thorough legal review of the case, he will commute the death sentence of Ivan Teleguz to life imprisonment without parole. Teleguz’s request for a pardon will be denied. Teleguz was convicted in the murder-for-hire of Stephanie Yvonne Sipe in July 2001. He was scheduled to be […]

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Sen. Kaine’s statement on President Trump asking for more Federal Agency cuts

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Sen. Kaine's statement on President Trump asking for more Federal Agency cuts

WASHINGTON, D.C. –U.S. Senator Tim Kaine yesterday following the Trump Administration’s directive lifting the federal hiring freeze on government agencies recognized that though the hiring freeze was lifted the Administration has directed agencies to submit plans for long-term cuts to their workforce. Kaine stated, “It was a mistake for President Trump to impose a federal […]

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Gov. McAuliffe vetoes three bills: public assistance, immigration, agency review

Monday, March 27, 2017

Gov. McAuliffe voted House Bill 1790 that would repeal Virginia’s current requirement that agencies review all existing regulations to determine whether they continue to be effective and necessary. The current process for review of regulations is robust. Independent citizen boards generally approve them. The Office of the Attorney General reviews them. The Department of Planning and […]

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Gov. McAuliffe’s amendment would reinstate the One-Handgun-a-Month law

Monday, March 27, 2017

Gov. McAuliffe's amendment would reinstate the One-Handgun-a-Month law

Governor Terry McAuliffe today proposed amendments to Senate Bill 1023, which would restore Virginia’s One-Handgun-a-Month law that was repealed by Governor McDonnell in 2012. Senate Bill 1023 prohibits sharing of information regarding Virginia concealed handgun permits in the Virginia Criminal Information Network with law enforcement in states that do not recognize a Virginia concealed handgun […]

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Gov. McAuliffe proposes budget amendment with provision to expand Medicaid – video

Monday, March 27, 2017

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe proposed a budget amendment restoring his authority to pursue planning for Medicaid expansion. The Governor made the decision to include the amendment following last week’s news that the AHCA, President Trump’s replacement for Obamacare, failed to receive the necessary support in Congress. “Failing to expand Medicaid has cost Virginia $10.4 […]

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Gov. McAuliffe vetoes three bills that would make it more difficult to vote

Monday, March 27, 2017

Governor Terry McAuliffe today vetoed three pieces of legislation that, rather than improving election integrity, could impede eligible Virginians from voting. Senate Bill 1253 This bill requires the state to make significant and costly changes to the existing voter registration database that will not improve election integrity. No funding is provided for localities to obtain […]

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Gov. McAuliffe vetoes five firearms bills

Friday, March 24, 2017

Governor Terry McAuliffe today vetoed five pieces of legislation that would further weaken the Commonwealth’s gun safety laws and put Virginians at risk. House Bill 1852 House Bill 1852 would provide that for a period of 45 days after the issuance of a protective order the individual seeking the protective order may lawfully carry a […]

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Gov. McAuliffe vetoes six bills that undermine public education

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Gov. McAuliffe vetoes six bills that undermine public education

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 […]

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Discrimination against same-sex couples vetoed by Gov. McAuliffe

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoed Senate Bill 1324 sponsored by Sen. Charles Carrico, Sr, It  would shield from civil liability those who actively discriminate against same-sex couples. I vetoed this exact same bill last year, and my rationale for that veto remains the same. Although couched as a “religious freedom” bill, this legislation is nothing more than […]

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Gov. McAuliffe proposes amendments to coal ash bill

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Gov. McAuliffe proposes amendments to coal ash bill

Governor Terry McAuliffe released a statement today regarding his proposed amendments to Senate Bill 1398. Sen. Scott Surovell was chief sponsor of the bill which would place a temporary pause on the state permitting process for coal ash impoundment projects to allow for additional assessment regarding their impact on Virginia’s water quality and environment Gov. McAuliffe […]

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Gov. McAuliffe vetoes switchblades and knives to minors for sport

Monday, March 20, 2017

Governor Terry McAuliffe today vetoed Senate Bill 865, which would provide minors with easy and unrestricted access to lethal weapons. “Senate Bill 865, which would provide an exemption to the prohibition against furnishing specified types of knives to minors. Under the bill, such a transfer would be permissible if between family members or for the […]

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McAuliffe vetoes coal tax credit, local wage control, franchisee-franchisor bills

Friday, March 17, 2017

McAuliffe vetoes coal tax credit, local wage control, franchisee-franchisor bills

Governor Terry McAuliffe today vetoed House Bill 1394, which would categorically prohibit franchisees and their employees from being considered the employees of a franchisor. As proponents of this legislation have acknowledged, franchisees and their employees are not considered employees of the franchisor in typical franchisor/franchisee relationships. It would relieve these dominant franchisor/employers of the obligations […]

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