Virginia is terminating its $1.4 billion dollar contract on the troubled US 460 project and will try to recoup some of the $250 million dollars spent on a road that was never built. It has been an expensive and embarrassing chapter in Virginia road building.
The General Assembly accepted all of Governor Terry McAuliffe’s 17 vetoes to legislation passed this year but rejected his amendments to bills regulating the use of surveillance technology such as drones and license plate readers by law enforcement officers.
The Governor amended bills that would allow law enforcement to use drones to collect evidence without a search warrant.
It’s a busy day (April 15) at the State Capitol as the General Assembly has returned to town to consider Governor McAuliffe’s amendments and vetoes to legislation passed during the 2015 session.
The "Tebow bill" that would allow home-schooled students to participate in public school athletics programs is now dead. The House failed to override the Governor's veto.
The General Assembly has delayed action until Friday on the Governor McAuliffe’s amendments to the omnibus ethics bill passed this session.
The delay stems from a language error.
Governor McAuliffe had intended to amend the legislation to make the 100-dollar gift ban an annual limit as opposed to allowing an unlimited amount of 100-dollar gifts. While most lawmakers seem comfortable with this, some Republicans expressed concerns that the amendment actually imposes a 100-dollar lifetime cap on gifts from a single donor.
The General Assembly will reconvene today (April 15) at the State Capitol to consider Governor Terry McAuliffe’s amendments and vetoes to legislation passed during the 2015 legislative session, including bills that try to balance law enforcement’s use of surveillance technology with the individual right to privacy.
Governor McAuliffe amended a bill that would limit the amount of time that data collected by police license plate readers can be kept by law enforcement from one week to 60 days.
A Richmond Circuit Court judge has rejected former Delegate Joe Morrissey’s request for an injunction to stop the printing of ballots in Virginia’s 16th state Senate District.
Morrissey says the Democratic party improperly rejected hundreds of signatures for his petition to run in the June 9th primary.
All told, 750 of the 972 signatures Morrissey gathered were found invalid for various reasons. A Virginia Democratic Party spokeswoman says many were collected from outside the district.
The State Board of Elections has voted to decertify over 500 voting machines on the WinVote system.
The machines are currently used in 30 localities across the state, including several precincts in Richmond and Henrico. They’ve been found to have insecure wireless connections and widespread problems were reported with voting machines during the November election last year prompting a recently completed review.
The board hopes to move localities to newer systems that have a paper trail to verify that voters have selected the candidate of their choice.
Governor Terry McAuliffe and Senator Mark Warner both expressed support for Hillary Clinton Monday as she begins her campaign for president.
McAuliffe, a long time Clinton ally and family friend who ran her 2008 campaign for President, says he’s excited about the announcement.
Senator Tim Kaine also has endorsed Clinton. Both Virginia Senators have been mentioned as possible running mates for the former Secretary of State.
Former Virginia Senator Jim Webb has also expressed interest in seeking the Democratic nomination for President but has yet to formally announce.
Columnist Jeff Schapiro analyzes what the Republican-controlled legislature may do on Democratic Gov. McAuliffe's actions on April 15, new poll showing Hillary Clinton still favored in the state over potential GOP rivals, and the opposition to Domnion's planned natural gas pipeline and high power line spanning the James.
Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell says in court papers that the favors he did for a wealthy businessman were routine courtesies and not part of a bribery scheme.
The onetime rising Republican star made the argument in a 54-page brief in the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
A three-judge panel of the court will conduct a hearing on his appeal of his public corruption convictions on May 12.