A bill that would raise the minimum wage in Virginia by two dollars over two years, has been killed by a House committee. Craig Carper reports.
The formal House and Senate budget proposals won’t be announced until this Sunday but both will offer starkly different visions in regard to Medicaid expansion. As with last year, budget negotiations are expected to be dominated by differences over expanding Virginia’s health care safety net.
The General Assembly has passed the midpoint of the 2014 session and party leaders from the House and Senate are touting some of their most notable achievements thus far. Craig Carper reports.
The state Senate has approved a repeal of the requirement that a woman undergo a transabdominal ultrasound prior to an abortion. Craig Carper reports.
The Virginia Senate has passed its omnibus ethics reform package, and the House of Delegates is expected to follow suit today. Craig Carper reports.
Senator Creigh Deed’s bill to reform emergency custody orders, crafted after the tragic attack on his life and subsequent suicide of his son Gus, has unanimously passed the Senate. Craig Carper reports.
On a vote of 21 to 19 the Senate approved the “Ban the Box” bill (SB250) that would prohibit state employers from asking about an applicant’s prior convictions before an interview. Craig Carper reports.
The Senate has advanced Senator Creigh Deeds bill to extend the time period from 6 to 24 hours that a person experiencing a mental health crisis may be held by Emergency Custody Order while a psychiatric bed is found.
The Senate has approved a bill that would make celebratory gunfire, or shots fired without an intended target, but which injure or kill someone, a felony. Craig Carper reports.
The State Senate has delayed action on a bill that would re-establish the electric chair as Virginia’s primary method of execution, possibly killing it for the year and placing the practice of capital punishment in the state in jeopardy. Currently, those sentenced to die in Virginia have the option of selecting either lethal injection or electrocution as the means of execution. Should the inmate not choose, the method used is lethal injection. This is administered through a three-drug cocktail.