The Senate Education and Health Committee has killed for the year a bill that would ask pharmaceutical companies to offer an explanation if their drug treatments exceed $10,000. The bill would ask companies to share the costs of developing, manufacturing, and marketing such medications which industry representatives say this would unfairly require them to reveal inside information accessible to their competitors.
Over 100 people showed up to support temporary licenses for undocumented immigrants; the bill was killed in committee on Wednesday (2/3).
The State Senate passed multiple bills, including a right to work amendment, a bill restricting gun rights for subjects of an emergency protective order, and a bill that would allow home-schooled children to play sports in public schools.
The nonpartisan redistricting advocacy group One Virginia 2021 is challenging 11 state legislative districts held by members of both parties, saying the boundaries are not compact and contiguous as required by the state constitution.
A separate motion from House Republicans to stay the case pending the outcome of a separate challenge to Virginia’s house districts was also denied.
The trial is expected to proceed in late summer or early fall.
Several bills that would have taken some of the politics out of redistricting were rolled together and killed Tuesday (2/2) in a House subcommittee.
House Privileges and Elections Chair, Republican Mark Cole of Spotsylvania says the bills were premature, as the General Assembly is not scheduled to redraw it’s districts again for 5 years.
Brian Cannon, Spokesman for the non-partisan redistricting advocacy group One Virginia 2021 says it’s easier to set the rules fairly now, when the future partisan make up of both chambers is unknown.