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Capitol Events

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 18, 2015

Both the House and Senate have passed a bill that would exempt concealed carry permit holders from local bans on carrying loaded shotguns in cars.

Supporters of the bill say it brings uniformity to the state code as gun owners travel between localities.

Republicans rejected an amendment to require gun owners to keep their concealed carry permit with them if carrying a loaded shotgun…despite objections from Democrats.

The bill passed the House 62 to 34.

Capitol Events: February 17, 2015

The House and Senate have approved a bill that would prohibit the sharing of information on those with concealed carry permits in the Virginia Criminal Information Network with law enforcement in states who do not have reciprocity agreements with Virginia for carrying a concealed weapon.

The bill’s patron Delegate Scott Lingamfelter says it would encourage concealed carry reciprocity agreements with other states.

The bill was approved in the House today on a largely party line vote 66 to 33.

Capitol Events: February 16, 2015

The General Assembly is considering requiring retailers who sell tobacco products, be licensed by the ABC.

It’s an effort to curb the growing problem of cigarette trafficking where smugglers purchase large amounts of cigarettes in Virginia, where taxes are some of the lowest in the country and sell them in New York, where they are the highest.

Senator Bryce Reeves, a former undercover narcotics detective says some of those profits are going to terrorist groups like Hamas and Hezbolah.

Capitol Events: February 13, 2015

The General Assembly reached their procedural midpoint this week as both houses completed work on their own legislation.

Gone are bills that would have banned abortions after 20 weeks in a pregnancy, as well as legislation to impose further restrictions on gun purchases for those convicted of violent or predatory misdemeanors and efforts to limit the sale of high capacity magazines.

Capitol Events: February 12, 2015

The House and Senate debated and passed their amended budgets today.

While revenue collections are slightly up in recent weeks, overall budget spending is down over a billion dollars since the two-year budget was enacted in 2014.

Both budgets add pay raises for state workers and eliminate new and increased business fees proposed by Governor Terry McAuliffe.

House leaders say instead of creating new programs they chose to reinvest in core functions of government. Democrats say the budget does not do enough to advance kitchen table issues.

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