The General Assembly voted yesterday to elect Court of Appeals Judge Stephen McCullough to the Supreme Court of Virginia. He will fill the seat previously occupied by Jane Roush, whose interim appointment expired in February.
The General Assembly is set to take some small steps toward bringing greater transparency to the costs of prescription drugs.
Republican Senator Emmett Hanger of Augusta tried unsuccessfully earlier this session to require pharmaceutical companies to offer an explanation if their drug treatments exceed $10,000.
Drug-makers said sharing the costs of developing, manufacturing and marketing such medications would give inside information to their competitors.
Governor McAuliffe has vetoed a bill that would have prohibited cities and counties from removing war memorials, including Civil War Monuments that recall the South’s history of slavery.
Supporters of the bill said it would protect the state’s historical record, opponents said that it would stymie local debate over how to treat painful symbols of the Confederacy.
The Governor said “these discussions are difficult and complicated, unique to each community, and the bill would have effectively ended what he called “these important discussions.”
The state will invest $31 million in mental health services and substance abuse treatment in the agreement budget lawmakers are expected to pass Friday (3/11). The money will increase capacity for treatment through prevention and community based services.
Democratic Senator Barbara Favola of Fairfax says she’s particularly excited about $3.5 million in new spending for child psychiatric and crisis intervention services.
Favola says localities will be able to leverage the state’s investment with their local dollars for maximum impact.
Partisan gridlock over Virginia's high court is drawing to a close today (3/10). The election of a Supreme Court Justice comes a day after one candidate withdrew from consideration and another appeared for an interview before the House Courts of Justice Committee.
Democrat David Toscano labeled the election process “sloppy.”
Stephen McCullough received 66 votes in the House and 21 in the Senate.
The Virginia Supreme Court Clerk says there is no swearing-in date scheduled for the now Justice-Elect Stephen McCullough.