A group of lawmakers and parents of child victims of violent crime are presenting several bills this session to protect children and provide faster response times to reported cases of abuse, kidnapping or assault. Craig Carper reports.
Republicans are angry with Attorney General Mark Herring’s decision not to defend challenges to Virginia ‘s ban on gay marriage. Craig Carper reports.
Two bills creating protections for pets and their owners passed the General Assembly on Thursday with some fanfare. Craig Carper reports.
State Senator Creigh Deeds’ multi-part mental health reform bill has advanced to the full Senate Education and Health committee, despite concerns that it puts a heavy burden on law enforcement agencies in rural localities. Craig Carper reports.
Ex-governor Bob McDonnell’s indictment is putting greater pressure on lawmakers to pass a comprehensive ethics reform package, though many legislators have different ideas as to what that bill should look like. Craig Carper reports.
Governor Terry McAuliffe has submitted a budget amendment asking House and Senate committees for the authority to expand Virginia’s Medicaid program, should the commission charged with reforming the state program fail to do so.
It’s day thirteen of the General Assembly’s 60-Day Session and many notable bills are now dead. Craig Carper reports.
Analyst Jeff Schapiro discusses Governor McAuliffe’s firm stance on Medicaid Expansion in his recent address to General Assembly lawmakers. Republican Party strategist Ed Gillespie announced on Thursday that he’s running for the Senate, taking on Mark R. Warner.
In the wake of the attack on Senator Creigh Deeds, lawmakers are examining extending the amount of time an individual may be held under an Emergency Custody Order, though one Senator says this could create a problem for rural law enforcement agencies. Craig Carper reports.