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McDonnell Trial to Proceed, Former Governor and Wife to Be Tried Together

U.S. District Judge James Spencer denied a motion by defense attorneys for former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen to dismiss the corruption charges against them as well as another motion to try them separately. In his ruling, Judge Spencer wrote that a jury must decide whether the former governor and his wife misused their official positions to trade influence in governmental decision making for the $165,000 in gifts and travel the McDonnell’s accepted from former Star Scientific CEO Johnnie Williams.

G. A. Lawyers Say Governor Can't Spend Without a Budget

The House Appropriations Committee heard testimony yesterday from lawyers representing the General Assembly that the state will not have a mechanism to pay state employees should the General Assembly fail to pass a budget by July 1st. The lawyers told committee members that the Governor does not have the authority, as he has previously suggested, to spend state dollars in the absence of a budget.

Virginia Revenue Collections Down Significantly

Virginia Secretary of Finance Ric Brown reveled yesterday that state revenue collections are down significantly for the month of May. If the downward trend continues over the next 40 days, the state could close this fiscal year with 300 million fewer dollars than expected. The news puts additional pressure on lawmakers to reach a compromise on the state budget, which must be passed by June 30th to avoid a government shutdown. Governor McAuliffe told House and Senate budget negotiators it was time to get back to work.

Smart Growth Advocates and Archeologists Question Shockoe Stadium Timeline

Advocates for “smart growth” and local archaeological experts are expressing concerns with Mayor Jones' plan to relocate the Richmond Squirrels to a new stadium in Shockoe Bottom. The Partnership for Smarter Growth has sent a letter to the Jones administration asking them to restart the debate on Shockoe Stadium. They want to see greater transparency and public input on the project.

Marshall Introduces Inquiry for Herring Impeachment

Republican Delegate Bob Marshall of Prince William has introduced two resolutions of inquiry into the impeachment of Attorney General Mark Herring. Marshall says Herring had no authority to offer in state tuition to children of illegal immigrants with defferred action status and is thwarting the will of the people by arguing against Virginia’s same sex marriage ban and pushing to change the tax code to allow joint filing for same sex couples married in other states.

Council Approves School Budget with Additional $3.8 Million Requested by Board

The Richmond City Council has approved Mayor Jones’ $262 million public schools budget with the additional $3.8 million requested for operations by the School Board. Mayor Jones' budget also included $5 million for school maintenance. Council added an additional $2 million on top of that.

McAuliffe Signs More Mental Health Reforms

Yesterday Governor Terry McAuliffe ceremonially signed a comprehensive package of mental health reform bills at St. Joseph’s Villa in Richmond. Changes in Virginia’s mental health system that are now law include extending the time that an individual may be held under a temporary detention order to 72 hours, shortening the time that courts have to report involuntary commitment orders to state police and additional requirements for crisis intervention training for law enforcement and medical professionals.


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