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McAuliffe and Northam Set Priorites for 2018 Assembly

Virginia's incoming and out-going Governor’s are rolling out legislative priorities for the new General Assembly session.

With less than a week to go before the official transition, Governor Terry McAuliffe stood beside Governor-elect Ralph Northam in the state capitol conference room and said gun safety will be among this year’s top issues. “So you will see legislation calling for universal background checks.”

Northam, who campaigned on building on the McAuliffe legacy, echoed the emphasis on gun safety and also pointed to Medicaid expansion. “Our budget includes that - over $400 million in the biennial budget and this is money that we’ll bring back to the Commonwealth of Virginia, use for rural Virginia, use to make our hospitals whole again and to fight the opioid crisis.”

The policy agenda also includes a borrower’s bill of rights to help manage student loan debt, excuse-free absentee voting, and raising the felony larceny threshold to $1,000.