Healthcare issues continue to vex Virginia’s General Assembly – as made evident by one of Republican Senator William Stanley’s bills that was discussed, voted down and essentially reintroduced – all this week.
Articles by Megan Pauly
A bill that would have prohibited licensed counselors from using so-called “conversion therapy” on children failed in committee Thursday.
The Senate Education & Health Committee killed a bill Thursday that would have extended in-state tuition to DACA recipients.
Democratic Senator David Marsden introduced the bill focusing on the positive economic impact of undocumented students, “This bill will actually bring increased business activity and will enhance state revenue not increase costs as some might believe,” Marsden said.
Virginia’s new health secretary presented his top priorities to the House Appropriations committee Tuesday.
The number one priority for health secretary Dr. Dan Carey continued funding for addition resources to help address the state’s growing opioid epidemic.
Carey cited the success of the ARTS benefit approved through a new Medicaid waiver in the 2016 General Assembly session.
Between April and August of 2017, Carey says there was a 50% increase in access to treatment for the newly covered.
One version of a bill connected to Richmond’s school referendum ballot measure would allow a tax increase.
Richmond’s School Board began discussions of its budget Tuesday (1/16) night.
The district’s preliminary budget outlines funding for 23 new staff including 13 full-time positions to support students and parents for whom English is a second language.
Richmond’s School Board is advocating for budget amendments to protect them from incurring losses over the next biennium connected to Local Composite Index changes.
Less than a week into Virginia’s 2018 General Assembly session a handful of bills aiming to raise Virginia’s minimum wage have died in committee.
Governor Ralph Northam received a standing ovation for his support of public education – and educators - last night (1/15) during his first address to the Joint Assembly.