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McAulliffe Vetoes Explicit Text Bill

Governor McAuliffe has vetoed a bill that would've set state standards for identifying graphic class materials and notifying parents. The bill, sponsored by Delegate Steve Landes, directed the State Board of Education to label sexually explicit text and set rules for schools to tell parents when those materials were going out to students.

Spokesperson Christina Knuckles says although the Governor agrees parents and educators should be communicating about curriculum, many localities have their own systems for notifying parents about sensitive materials.

Republican Representative Barbara Comstock Gives Away Trump Donations to Her Campaign

Virginia’s Tenth District Representative has given away money donated to her campaign by Donald Trump, saying he is a bad role model.

First-term Republican Congresswoman Barbara Comstock has taken the $3,000 dollars donated to her re-election campaign by Donald Trump and given it to recuperation centers for wounded veterans.

Comstock represents a key swing district that includes a diverse electorate and won her first seat in 2014 in a heavily-contested and expensive contest.

McAuliffe Vetoes Bill to Block State Funds for Planned Parenthood

Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed a bill today (3/30) that would have banned state funding for Planned Parenthood.

Currently Planned Parenthood gets no state or federal funding for abortion services.

Brian Coy, Spokesman for Governor Terry McAuliffe, says the bill would have prohibited these dollars from being spent on other services the clinics provide that many women rely on unrelated to abortion.

Giffords and Kelly Push for Gun Control in Virginia

More than a dozen advocates are launching a new state-wide effort to bring more gun control laws to the commonwealth.

At the State Capitol, Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Captain Mark Kelly announced the Virginia Coalition for Common Sense.

Captain Kelly says the group he co-founded with his wife - Americans for Responsible Solutions - will provide most of the coalition’s funding.

The couple is also lending their support to start similar gun control groups in Oregon, Minnesota, New Hampshire, and Delaware.

 

State Senator Don McEachin Set To Announce Run for Congress in the 4th District

State Senator Don McEachin is set to announce he will run for Congress in Virginia’s redrawn 4th district.

Senator McEachin, a Democrat from Henrico, turned in his paperwork and petitions yesterday (3/14) with 3,000 signatures, three times the required number, and will make his formal announcement today.

The UVA law school graduate is an attorney in private practice and has served in the General Assembly for 16 years.

General Assembly Doubles Funding for Bay Cleanup

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation says cleanup efforts received a significant boost in funding from this year’s General Assembly, and is on track for a complete restoration by 2025.

The General Assembly approved almost $62 million to help farmers with better practices. Peggy Sanner, Attorney for Chesapeake Bay Foundation says that’s double last year’s allocation.

There is $59 million to improve wastewater treatment plants. Hanover will get $157,000, Richmond $3.5 million and Hopewell $35 million over the next three years.

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