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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: January 30, 2015

The Senate has passed a bill that would require the General Assembly to approve adoption of any elements of federal common core standards.

Virginia’s Standards of Learning exceed Common Core requirements, and is exempt from the current federal standards.

Critics of the bill have called it unnecessary. The bill was approved on a party line vote of 21 to 17.

Craig Carper reports.

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Capitol Events: January 29, 2015

The house and senate money committees are preparing their midpoint adjustments to the two-year budget.

Chairman of House Appropriations Chris Jones says the House budget will eliminate new fees proposed by Governor McAuliffe but will not make cuts to K through 12 or higher education.

The budget will also protect Virginia’s coal tax credit, and give pay raises to some state employees such as police officers and teachers.

Craig Carper reports.

Capitol Events: January 28, 2015

A joint resolution that would ask congress to call a convention of the states to propose new amendments to the U.S. Constitution has passed both the House and Senate Rules Committee.

Supporters of the convention held a rally at the Capitol this week.

The proposal has picked up high profile support from conservative lawmakers such as Speaker of the House Bill Howell, who says the convention would be the only way to bring more sovereignty to the states.

Craig Carper reports.

Capitol Events: January 27, 2015

Several lawmakers have submitted budget amendments for a 5% increase in salary for state corrections officers. These officers are paid disproportionately less than other law enforcement officers in federal corrections facilities and sheriff’s deputies in local jails. A recent study ranked Virginia as the 48th lowest for corrections officer compensation.

Another budget amendment from Delegate Kay Kory would authorize $500,000 to study corrections officer’s salary and benefits and make recommendations. She says she will continue to push the issue until it passes.

Capitol Events: January 26, 2015

Sixty children have died in Virginia daycares over the past decade, 40 of those were in unlicensed facilities.

Over 20 bills have been introduced this session to increase regulation for child-care providers.

Virginia does not require daycare providers be licensed unless they provide care for 6 or more children. Several bills would lower that threshold to 3 or 1.

Another bill would require fingerprint background checks for those who provide childcare.


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