A coalition of mothers and gun rights advocates was at the Capitol yesterday to urge the House of Delegates' Courts of Justice Committee to revive a bill that would require those convicted of violent domestic assault misdemeanors to lose their gun rights for five years. Craig Carper reports.
The House and Senate have introduced their amended version’s of Governor McDonnell’s outgoing budget. Craig Carper reports.
The House of Delegates and state Senate have introduced their amended versions of former Governor McDonnell’s outgoing budget. The most notable difference in the competing drafts of the $96 billion, two-year spending plan, is the Senate’s inclusion of a private insurance-based alternative to expanding Medicaid, available to everyone earning below 400 percent of the poverty level. This significant expansion to Virginia’s health care safety net is the brainchild of Republican Senator John Watkins of Powhatan. He calls it Marketplace Virginia.
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A bill that would raise the minimum wage in Virginia by two dollars over two years, has been killed by a House committee. Craig Carper reports.
Governor Terry McAuliffe has announced a state revenue reduction of $140 million due to weaker than expected January and fiscal year-to-date tax collections. The Governor and Finance Secretary Ric Brown have taken action to address the shortfall. The state will miss a $60 million scheduled deposit to the Rainy Day Fund in 2016. Another $40 million will be offset by the upcoming budget’s unappropriated balance, $15 million will be used from the State Lottery, and the balance will be covered by surplus revenues from the Department of Education.
The formal House and Senate budget proposals won’t be announced until this Sunday but both will offer starkly different visions in regard to Medicaid expansion. As with last year, budget negotiations are expected to be dominated by differences over expanding Virginia’s health care safety net.
The General Assembly has passed the midpoint of the 2014 session and party leaders from the House and Senate are touting some of their most notable achievements thus far. Craig Carper reports.
The state Senate has approved a repeal of the requirement that a woman undergo a transabdominal ultrasound prior to an abortion. Craig Carper reports.
The Virginia Senate has passed its omnibus ethics reform package, and the House of Delegates is expected to follow suit today. Craig Carper reports.