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Capitol Events features news from the Richmond State Capitol during the General Assembly Session – examining the issues of the day, tracking important legislation, and shedding light on the political process.

Capitol Events: February 27, 2015

Lawmakers are working to complete their business for the 2015 General Assembly session by Saturday’s deadline.

So far the House and Senate have approved compromise deals on many high profile bills including changes to the investigation procedures for incidents of campus sexual assault. Now every felony incident will be reported either to local law enforcement or commonwealth’s attorney.

Capitol Events: February 26, 2015

The General Assembly has approved a budget and has adjusted their schedule to leave town tomorrow, one day ahead of their scheduled adjournment.

The spending plan includes a 1.5 percent pay raise for teachers, a 2 percent raise for other state workers and a much needed 130 million dollar deposit to the state’s Rainy Day Fund.

Thou the budget does not expand the state’s Medicaid program to an additional 400,000 Virginians as envisioned by Governor McAuliffe, it does include new health benefits for over 20,000 of the state’s most mentally ill.

Capitol Events: February 25, 2015

The General Assembly has passed a bill that would allow prosecutors to prevent internet service providers from contacting suspected pedophiles when their personal information is subpoenaed.

Child pornographers and rapists are typically caught after law enforcement can trace their videos and images back to their point of origin.

Once law enforcement obtains a subpoena, they must do additional investigation to obtain a search warrant. Only then can officers enter the suspects home, rescue child victims and seize evidence.

Capitol Events: February 24, 2015

Today (2/24/15) the House of Delegates voted 56 to 42 to defeat a bill that would allow the state to keep the manufacturers of drugs used in lethal injections secret.

One of the standard drugs used in executions is manufactured in Europe. The European Union has prohibited the sale of this drug to the U.S. because of it’s use in executions.

The legislation would also have exempted Virginia pharmacies who compound the drug from the Freedom of Information Act.

Capitol Events: February 23, 2015

Bills are advancing through the House and Senate that would make it easier for seriously ill patients to try experimental drugs for compassionate use.

Currently new medications can take 5-15 years to reach the market and advocates ultimately want to speed up the FDA approval process.

8-year-old Josh Hardy is a 4-time cancer survivor. He was critically ill after his immune system was compromised following a recent bone marrow transplant. At the recommendation of his doctor they requested compassionate use of an experimental drug. The pharmaceutical company said no.


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